This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer 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 Code: 1NV018 Location: This online program is presented on Zoom. Select your Tickets $25 Member $30 Non-Member 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 Materials for this program Handout 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 General Information View Common FAQs and Policies about our Online Programs on Zoom.