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Rippled Time

Rippled Time

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A yucca shrub holds its own against the constant shifting sand.

The sand here is actually gypsum which is rarely found in the form of sand because it is water-solubility. Normally, rain would dissolve the gypsum and carry it to the sea but the Tularosa Basin is enclosed, meaning that it has no outlet to the sea and that rain that dissolves the gypsum from the surrounding San Andres and Sacramento Mountains is trapped within. The water then sinks into the ground or forms shallow pools which subsequently dry out leaving gypsum in a crystalline form, called selenite, on the surface which is free to drift.

Nikon D300 ,Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
1/250s f/16.0 at 24.0mm iso200 full exif

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Steve Mockford14-Mar-2012 22:37
Great shot Glenn - good geology lesson as well.
Steve Morris07-Mar-2012 19:14
Love the patterns in this shot - superb!BV
pkocinski06-Mar-2012 23:49
Awesome image Glenn! Great Pedology(?) too!
Cindi Smith06-Mar-2012 02:43
Exceptional work here, Glenn! You aced this! BV!
LeeG05-Mar-2012 19:28
Nice composition, a very peaceful desert scene.
Ali Majdfar05-Mar-2012 17:41
Outstanding capture! ~V
Bill McMullen05-Mar-2012 15:38
Brilliant image, Glenn. The texture of the sand, composition and contrast with that blue sky put this image over the top!
Walter O. Koenig05-Mar-2012 15:07
This is really great Glenn. Love the patterns in the sand. "V"
Char05-Mar-2012 14:50
This is such a picture perfect scene, Glenn! \/
waterfalls man05-Mar-2012 01:27
Beautiful Shot V!!
Gary A. Rich (GRainelev)05-Mar-2012 00:20
Looks great. BV. Gary
Marcia Rules05-Mar-2012 00:18
the starkness speaks so loudly. Gorgeous shot! V
larose forest photos04-Mar-2012 21:33
Absolutely breathtaking image, beautiful, simple and yet complex, a delight. And thank you for that interesting information. VV
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography04-Mar-2012 20:56
Excellent, Vote.
Hank Vander Velde04-Mar-2012 20:53
A most beautiful image Glenn. Lovely patterns and well composed.
Earl Misanchuk04-Mar-2012 20:27
Just plain old beautiful. Well done, sir. V
globalgadabout04-Mar-2012 20:19
what a compelling image..challenging conditions, dazzling patterns, pulsating moment, and sublime composition..razor-sharp work...V
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