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.
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.