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In the “Ghost Prints” of White Sands, Stories of Ice-Age Animals, and the Continent’s First People

In December 2019, a Chihuahuan Desert place became the country’s newest national park, White Sands, in New Mexico, preserves a vast, shining dunefield. But like every national park, its wonders are manifold. In recent years, researchers here have found thousands … Continue reading

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Yuccas and Yucca Moths: A Remarkable West Texas Pair

Tall ‘Spanish daggers’ stand in the Big Bend desert, their limbs extended in expressive gestures. Another variety – the Great Plains or “soapweed’ species – dots the Llano Estacado. Yucca plants are found across much of the Americas. But they … Continue reading

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In Sandals, Ropes and Baskets, Caves in the Guadalupe Mountains Preserved the Handicrafts of Ancient Life

The Guadalupe Mountains are seductive for their wooded canyons and high forests. But they’re as notable for what’s hidden beneath and within them as they are for their peaks. Carlsbad Caverns is famous, but there are caves and rockshelters throughout … Continue reading

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White Sands: America’s Newest National Park is a Chihuahuan Desert Wonder

“If one is inclined to wonder at first how so many came to be in the loneliest land that ever came out of God’s hands, one does not wonder so much after having lived there,” Mary Austin wrote in 1903, … Continue reading

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Underfoot in West Texas, A Mysterious World of Desert Ants and Their Uninvited “Guests”

Their social dynamics are intricate, and their legacy on the planet dates back some 150 million years. Ants can go unnoticed – underfoot as they are – but they’re a significant part of life on Earth. They comprise almost a … Continue reading

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