White Sands Moonlit Scene
Geologic period: Modern
White Sands National Monument by moonlight, showing some of the residents to this amazing dune field.
Did you know?
White Sands National Monument is home to the largest gypsum dunefield in the world, nestled in the heart of the Tularosa Basin. The basin, and therefore this island of glistening white dunes, is located in the northern end of the Chihuahuan Desert, rising approximately 4000 feet above sea level. There are approximately 275 total square miles of dunes here, with 115 square miles (about 40%) located within White Sands National Monument. The remainder lies on military land and not accessible to the public. Many who see the dunefield for the first time think it's a barren place but in reality, it's home to a wide variety of natural features and ecosystems.