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Near San Acacia in Socorro County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Rio Salado Sand Dunes

Elevation 4,850 ft.

 
 
Rio Salado Sand Dunes Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 21, 2013
1. Rio Salado Sand Dunes Marker
Inscription. Winds blowing across the usually dry, sandy riverbed of Rio Salado formed dunes along this part of the Rio Grande Valley. The Rio Grande, just southwest here, follows a massive geological trench shaped millions of years ago when huge blocks of land sank as the earth in central New Mexico slowly began pulling apart. The resulting Rio Grande Rift uplifted Los Piņos Mountains to the east. Northwest are the Sierra Ladrones. Rocks on their 9,000–foot crests are similar to those buried four miles beneath these dunes.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 34° 18.324′ N, 106° 53.432′ W. Marker is near San Acacia, New Mexico, in Socorro County. Marker can be reached from CanAm Highway (Interstate 25 at milepost 166), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is southbound rest area on Interstate 25 at Mile 166. Marker is in this post office area: San Acacia NM 87831, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Doņa Eufemia (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Rio Salado Sand Dunes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Acomilla
Wide view of the Rio Salado Sand Dunes Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 21, 2013
2. Wide view of the Rio Salado Sand Dunes Marker
In background looking across the dune field and the Rio Salado to the distant Sierra Ladrones.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); La Joya de Sevilleta (approx. 3.8 miles away); Sabino y Lemitar (approx. 10.3 miles away); Las Nutrias (approx. 13 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Geology and Sedimentation along the Lower Rio Salado in New Mexico. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology: by George C. Evans (Submitted on August 1, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Rio Salado Sand Dune Field image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, July 21, 2013
3. Rio Salado Sand Dune Field
 
 
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