Sea of Joy Sand



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.


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.


White, dazzling, ever-changing sand dunes –

 where plants and animals struggle to survive.


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.


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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