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Snow and White Sands, USA

32.7N 106.3W

February 21st, 2013 Category: Deserts, Mountains

USA – January 22nd, 2013

White snowfall rests on the terrain of the western United States of America, sitting atop mountain peaks and over the valleys in between. Another white area is visible in the lower right quadrant; however, this is due to the color of the White Sands National Monumento rather than the snow to the north. The monument  consists of the southern part of a 710-km² (275-mi²) field of white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals in the state of New Mexico.

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 Volcanic Field and White Sands National Monument

32.7N 106.3W

October 24th, 2012 Category: Deserts, Volcanoes

USA – October 22nd, 2012

The Carrizozo volcanic field is a monogenetic volcanic field located in New Mexico, USA, appearing here as a long, dark brown line with bulbous ends near the image center. The volcanic field consists of two lava flows, the Broken Back flow and the Carrizozo lava flow, the second youngest in New Mexico. Both lava flows originated from groups of cinder cones.

The Broken Back flow is approximately 16 kilometres (10 mi) long and the Carrizozo, one of the largest in the world, is 68 kilometres (42 mi) long, covering 328 square kilometres (127 sq mi) with a volume of 4.2 cubic kilometres (1.0 cu mi).

Visible to the south of the lava flows is the White Sands National Monument, easily visible as a circular, bright white area. 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.

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.

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