Thursday, April 22, 2010

White Sand, New Mexico

The desert is located in Tularosa Basin New Mexico. Its white sands are not composed of quartz, unlike most desert sands, but of gypsum and calcium sulfate. Unlike other desert sands, it is cool to the touch, due to the high rate of evaporation of surface moisture and the fact that the sands reflect, rather than absorb, the sun's rays.

Now on to the fun stuff! Sledding the dunes!!! We all took turns sledding down the dunes, the sand is so fine and compacted the plastic discs slide like it was snow.










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1 comment:

  1. If you had fun there you should check Great Sand Dunes Nat'l Park near Alamosa, CO (about 1 hr from my house in Salida. It's the largest sand dune in the Western Hemisphere. Makes these dunes look like ant hills.

    http://www.nps.gov/grsa/

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