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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.

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