m dune field, along with
the plants and an

imals that have adapted successfull
to y to this constantly changing enviro

nment.At the northern end of the
Chihuahuan Desert lies a mountain-r

inged valley, the Tularosa Basin. Risi
ng from the heart of this basin is one

of the world's gre

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and find all the answers you're looking for.

at natural wonders-the glisten

ing white sands of N

ew Mexico. G

reat wave-like dunes of gyps


um sand have engulfed 275 squar
e miles of dese
rt here and created the l


argest gypsum dune fiel

d in
the
world. The dunes, brilliant and Check into dorms. Evening picnic. Meet and greet students.
whi
te,
are ever changing. They grow, crest, then slump but always advance. Slowly but relentle
ssly
the
sand, driven by stron Safety class. Field trip to EMRTC's Torres Lab for practical experiments.
g so
uthw
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est winds, covers everything in its path. Within the extremely ha
rsh
envi
ronment of the dune field, even plants and animals adapted to desert conditions struggle to survive. Only a few species of p
lant
s gr
ow rapidly enough to survive burial by the moving dunes, but several types of small animals hav
e ev
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olved white colorations to camouflage them in the gypsum sand. White Sands National Monument
preserves a major paNew Mexico TechrEMRTCt of this gypsum dun