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White Sands National Monument

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White Sands National Monument protects a small part of a 275 square miles (710 square kms) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum. Gypsum dunes are rare because gypsum is water-soluble, so in general rain dissolves it and carry it to the sea. However, the Tularosa Basin, site of White Sands National Monument has no outlet to the sea. White Sands National Monument is part of a missile range, and borders the site where the first nuclear bomb was detoned.

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Yucca at sunrise. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) Yucca and white gypsum sand at sunrise. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) Yuccas and gypsum dunes, dawn. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) Ripples in sand dunes. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) Flowers and dunes. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) White sand dunes. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) Lone Yucca and white sand dunes. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) Yuccas, White Sand National Monument. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) Lone yucca plants at sunset. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) Lone Yucca. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) Footprints. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA ( color) White sand dunes landscape. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA (Panoramic color)
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