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EMRTC SODAR /RASS Sounding System

ahuan Desert lies a mountain-ring


ed valley, the Tularos
a Basi n. Rising from the heart
of this basin is

one of the world's great natural wonders-the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert here and created the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The dunes, brilliant and white, are ever changing. They grow, crest, then slump but always advance. Slowly but relentlessly the sand, driven by strong southwest winds, covers everything in its path. Within the extremely harsh environment of the dune field, even plants and animals adapted to desert conditions struggle to survive. Only a few species of plants grow rapidly enough to survive burial by the moving dunes, but several types of small animals have evolved white colorations to camouflag

e them in the gypsum sand. White Sands National Monument preserves a major part of this gypsum dune field, along with the plants and animals that have adapted successfully to this constantly changing environment.At the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert lies a mountain-ringed valley, the Tularosa Basin. Rising from the heart of this basin is one of the world's great natuRASSral wonders-the glistening white sands of New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert here and created the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The dunes, brilliant and white, are ever changing. They grow, crest, then slump but always advance. Slowly but relentlessly the sand, driven by strong sout

hwest winds, covers everything in its path. Within the extremely harsh environment of the dune field, even plants and animals adapted to desert conditions struggle to survive. Only a few species of plants grow rapidly enough to survive burial by the moving dunes, but several types of small animals have evolved white colorations to camouflage them in the gypsum sand. White Sands National Monument preserves a major part of this gypsum dune field, along with the plants and ani

mals thatRASS is becoming a widely used system where lower atmospheric sounding is important to operations. Users include manufactures in industry who need to monitor byproducts and plume dispersion, airports to determine wind shear, utility companies, research universities, meteorological offices, environmental consultants, private research facilities, military installations and national laboratories such as Los Alamos National Labs, Battelle Pacific Northwest Labs, Aberdeen Proving Ground, and White Sands Missile Range.

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gr eat natural wonders-the glistening white san ds o
f New Mexico. Great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have cm/s
en gulfed 275 square miles of desert here and created the lar
INVMI gest gypsum dune field in the world
. T he dunes, brill iant and whi
te, are ever changi
ng. They grow
, crest, then slump but
always advanc
e. S lowly but relentlessly the sand, driven by strong s2out
hw est winds, covers everything in its path. Wit hin t
he ex tremely harsh environ ment of the dune fie
ld, RASS echo even pl
a nts and animals adapted
t o desert conditions struggle to survive. Only a f
ew sp ecies of plants grow rapidly enough to surv
ive burial by the moving du
nes, bu

t several
types of small animals have evolved white

colorations to camouflage them in the gypsum sand. White Sand
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