The Tularosa Basin is the source of the white …


The Tularosa Basin is the source of the white sands of, you guessed it, White Sands. The white layer in this photo, between the foreground and the distant mountains is the monument in the making. Gypsum is worn from the mountains and crystallized when the rains dry up. Those light crystals blow into the air, making that white dust layer in the photo, then later settle as the sands.