White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument

Nature & Wildlife in White Sands

Geology

Natural Features & Ecosystems The obvious natural feature of this monument is the pure gypsum dunes, but perhaps less obvious are the sources of the dunes, Lake Lucero and Alkali Flat. These two areas are the result of the gradual drying of an extensive Pleistocene lake that was rich in ...

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Plants

White Sands National Monument is located at the northern limits of the Chihuahuan Desert, and as expected, the majority of plants are drought tolerant species . In addition, many of these plants must be adapted to alkaline, nutrient poor soils with a high gypsum content. The highly mineralized ...

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Animals

A Checklist of Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Insects of White Sands National Monument INTRODUCTION Forty-four species of mammals, twenty-six species of reptiles, six species of amphibians and nearly 100 families of insects have been recorded within White Sands National Monument. Most animals inhabit the margins of the dune field and ...

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