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The Blinding White Remains of a Dying Sea | Weird Places: White Sands

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The aptly named White Sands National Park is home to over 400 square kilometers of blindingly white sand. It’s the culmination of a remarkable 250 million year process of sorting, transporting, and purifying gypsum to make a truly one-of-a-kind place.

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