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Finlay photograph by Richard H. Stewart.

From “New Mexico Melodrama,” National Geographic, May, 1938.

Tossed Into Billows, the Moving White Sands of Alamogordo Strangely Resemble a Stormy Sea

On sunny holidays young people put on bathing suits and shorts and go out into the white velvety dunes for sun bathing and picnics. Pioneer settlers feared that the shifting ocean of gypsum, whose waves range up to 50 and even 100 feet in height, might some day reach and engulf their homes. Now the desert has become the White Sands National Monument and is reached by a good motor road.