White Sand (s) in the desert

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Imagine white sand dunes in the middle of the desert? We had no idea just how white, how blinding white the dunes would be in the noon day sun. No ordinary sand either…the dunes are gypsum…soft not gritty like the beach sand I know on the Oregon coast.
Welcome to the White Sands National Monument – outside Alamogordo, New Mexico – gorgeous day, beautiful setting. I found the geology fascinating…all created by water and wind.
Visitor Center

 
Desert meets dunes – who knew there would be 275 sq miles of sand and no ocean in sight.
Very deceptive – looks like snow.

Wind creates ridges….apparently the winds blow here and the dunes are ever moving…

 Picnic areas are protected from the winds with wind breaks that match the dune lines….