All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

A close-up view of the <strong>Gypsum sand</strong> at White Sands National Monument. The small, coarse grains of sand originated several miles away in the gypsum beds of Lake Lucero. The lake is seasonal, it has water only after large rain. Gypsum for...
A close-up view of the Gypsum sand at White Sands National Monument. The small, coarse grains of sand originated several miles away in the gypsum beds of Lake Lucero. The lake is seasonal, it has water only after large rain. Gypsum forms as water brings minerals from the distant San Andreas mountain range. Wind breaks up the gypsum and blows it eastward forming the beautiful dune beds.

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