Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten, Portrait

Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten

My White Sands

Life in White Sands

An ordinary desert supports a much greater variety of plants than does either a forest or a prairie. --Ellsworth Huntington


Transient Patches of Life

Between the dunes, ephemeral patches of the native desert floor are scattered across the Tularosa Basin. It is here within these transient interdune areas that almost all life in White Sands exits.

Occasional rains collects here, and here roots can reach into the water table a short distance below the surface.

An Interdune Area of Desert Life

With a few exception, all animal and most plant life exist in these sheltered, transitory, interdune patches of desert.