Sea of Joy Sand

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WHOO-HOO!  

Sliding through white,

waltzing through an endless sea that undulates, crests and expands,

everywhere a blank white vista.

R  U  N  N  I  N  G

A child without gravity, sliding down a mountain’s soft body.

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A sea of sand, a child’s laughter.

No thoughts, only joy erupting.

White Sands,

 the largest gypsum dune field in the world –

covers 275 square miles in New Mexico,

in a mountain-ringed valley, the Tularosa Basin.

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White, dazzling, ever-changing sand dunes –

 where plants and animals struggle to survive.

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250 million years ago the gypsum that forms the

white sand was at the bottom of a shallow sea.

70 million years ago the then gypsum-bearing

marine-stone deposits lifted up into a huge dome.

10 million years ago the dome started to collapse

 creating the Tularosa Basin.

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Usually rivers carry gypsum to the sea,

but since no river drains the Tularosa Basin,

the gypsum, water and other sediments remain

trapped in the basin creating a white wonderland.

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13 Responses to Sea of Joy Sand

  1. emmaguinnesswriting says:

    This is wonderful! 🙂

  2. bg says:

    Very beautiful.

  3. Jayashri Fairclough says:

    Oh zippity doo dah zippity yay!

  4. Alison says:

    Wow! I wanna go there, and play in the sand 🙂

    • smallpebbles says:

      Well, when you and Don get around to the southwest U.S. again, it is definitely worth a visit, so much fun, esp. going barefoot and just sort of gliding down the sand hills – yipee!

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