White Sands, White Wilderness (1997)

New Mexico State University

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Visit the wondrous gypsum dune environment of New Mexico's White Sands National Monument, the largest of its type in the world. Through this dramatic video and colorful computer animation, this documentary details the geology, plants, wildlife and ancestral peoples found nowhere else.



Sand and dunes

Learn where the gypsum sand of White Sands comes from, how the dunes are formed, and track their relentless progression across the Tularosa Basin.

A fish in the desert

Venture to the Lost River on the east side of the dunes, home of the remarkable White Sands Pupfish. Underwater cameras take you up close to see this highly adapted, endangered species.

Creatures of the night

See unusual animals who wander the dunes at night. Featured are the long-horned beetle, the wolf spider, the camel cricket, and the wind scorpion.

Giants of the past

Travel back 12,000 years to when this land was ruled by giant mammoths and prehistoric camels. See tracks of these creatures in a remote section of Whites Sands not often visited.

The Mescal people

Witness how the Mescalero Apache reaped the limited plant bounty of the White Sands, gathering stems and leaves for food and ceremony.

Tracks in the sand

Learn to read the footprints often seen in the dunes, clues to fascinating desert dwellers of the White Sands' environment.



Order this video by calling toll-free at (888) 750-4156 or via email at [email protected]

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