White Sands National Monument

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The world's largest gypsum dune field, the 275-square-mile dunes of White Sands National Monument are a geologic oddity more than 250 million years in the making. Located in Southern New Mexico, the popularity of the monument draws nearly half a million visitors each year to the National Park Service's southwestern region. The area is protected from encroachment by the boundaries of the US Army's White Sands Missile Range and houses no less than 144 species of birds, 20 unique mammals, and 371 types of insects. The gypsum's beauty has been captured by photographers and filmmakers for more than a century. Both Hollywood and scientists alike have sought after the monument's stunning otherworldly visuals to mimic other countries and worlds. The deserts of Qatar were recreated for Transformers (2007), and the monument has been identified as a potential analog site for Mars.
ISBN: 9781467130646
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New Mexico
Series: Images of America
Images: 219
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Joseph T. Page II is the author of Holloman Air Force Base and New Mexico Space Trail, both in Arcadia's Images of America series. Photographs within have been graciously provided by the Tularosa Basin Historical Society, National Park Service archives, and private collections.
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