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Carrizozo Malpais Lava Flow, USA

33.7N 105.9W

November 8th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Mountains, Volcanoes

USA – November 7th, 2012

The Carrizozo Malpais is a large lava flow on the west side of Carrizozo, New Mexico, on the northern part of the Tularosa Basin between Sierra Blanca to the southeast and the Oscura Mountains to the west. The lava making up the flow came from Little Black Peak, about 10 miles north-northwest of Carrizozo, and went about 40 miles south-southwest down the bottom of Tularosa Basin in a series of recent (the last 1,000-1,500 years) active flows. At their southern end, the lava flows are about 12 miles north of the dune fields of White Sands National Monument, easily discernible here due to their glowing white color.

Carrizozo Malpaís and White Sands National Monument, USA

33.7N 105.9W

October 9th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Volcanoes

USA – October 8th, 2012

The elongated brown area in this image is the Carrizozo Malpais, a large lava flow on the west side of Carrizozo, New Mexico, on the northern part of the Tularosa Basin between Sierra Blanca to the southeast and the Oscura Mountains to the west.

The lava making up the flow came from Little Black Peak, about 10 miles north-northwest of Carrizozo, and went about 40 miles south-southwest down the bottom of Tularosa Basin in a series of recent (the last 1,000-1,500 years ago) active flows. At their southern end, the lava flows are about 12 miles north of the dune fields of White Sands National Monument.

The White Sands National Monument, easily spotted as a bright white area south of the lava flow, is located about 25 km (16 mi) southwest of Alamogordo in western Otero County and northeastern Doña Ana County in the state of New Mexico, at an elevation of 4235 feet (1291 m). The area is in the mountain-ringed Tularosa Basin and comprises the southern part of a 710-km² (275-mi²) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals.

Rio Grande, White Sands and Lava Flows in New Mexico, USA

33.5N 106W

April 20th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Rivers, Volcanoes

USA - April 17th, 2012

The Rio Grande can be seen flowing down the left side of this image, in the state of New Mexico, USA. Visible to the east of the river are the White Sands National Monument, is a protected area of glistening white sands rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin that contains the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. The dark line with thick ends north of the White Sands is the Carrizozo Malpais, a 75 kilometer long area of basaltic lava flows.

White Sands and Carrizozo Malpaís, New Mexico, USA

33.5N 106W

June 1st, 2011 Category: Deserts, Volcanoes

USA - May 23rd, 2011

The White Sands National Monument is a protected area of glistening white sands rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin, in New Mexico, USA. Here, dunes have engulfed 275 square miles of desert creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield.

North of the White Sands is the Carrizozo Malpais, one of the youngest volcanic features in the state of New Mexico. The 75 kilometer long Malpais, is composed of basaltic lava flows.

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico, USA

32.7N 106.2W

January 20th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

USA - January 5th, 2010

USA - January 5th, 2010

While many of the white areas in this image are due to snowfall over mountain peaks and valleys and some clouds, the rounded white patch just below the center is an area of bright white sand dunes known as the White Sands National Monument.

This U.S. National Monument located is about 25 km (15 miles) southwest of Alamogordo in western Otero County and northeastern Dona Ana County in the state of New Mexico, at an elevation of 4235 feet (1291 m). The area is in the mountain-ringed Tularosa Basin valley area and comprises the southern part of a 710-km² (275-mi²) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals.

Unlike dunes made of quartz-based sand crystals, the gypsum does not readily convert the sun’s energy into heat and thus can be walked upon safely with bare feet, even in the hottest summer months.

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