Become a member and save up to 17% on the price of your tickets! Join today If you are already a member, log in to access your member price. The Geology of Western National Parks: Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands Evening Lecture/Seminar Monday, February 6, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1NV018 Select your Tickets Login $25 Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $30 Non-Member Add to cart Reserving your tickets... Save when you purchase this program as a part of one of these series! 3 Program Series: The Geology of Western National Parks Find Series tickets Resize text Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico Join geologist Kirt Kempter as he explores the geology of Western National Parks over the course of 2023, with an in-depth look at one location every month. Each program’s content is enhanced by geologic maps, photos, and Google Earth imagery. Session Information Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands Southern New Mexico is home to these two iconic national parks, which oddly share a connection from the deep geologic past. Shimmering white dunes of gypsum sand define White Sands—the largest deposit of its kind on Earth—which hosts 45 endemic species living only in the park. The gypsum’s origin comes from limestone deposits preserved in the surrounding mountains, originally laid down by inland seas during the Late Paleozoic era. Approximately 260 million years ago, the seas’ coastlines were ringed by an extensive reef composed predominantly of sponges, bryozoans, and other microorganisms. Today at Carlsbad Caverns, this once deeply buried reef hosts a vast network of caves, passages, and spectacular speleothems, including the Big Room, the largest chamber in the United States. Additional Sessions January 9 - Big Bend, Texas March 6 - Grand Canyon, Arizona Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This online program is presented on Zoom.