Mescalero Escarpment

Mescalero Escarpment

Mescalero Escarpment

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The Mescalero Escarpment, also known as the Mescalero Ridge, forms the western edge of the great Llano Estacado, a vast plateau or tableland in the southwestern United States in New Mexico and Texas. It is an extension of the Caprock Escarpment.

Mescalero Sands

Extending north south along the western edge of the Mescalero Escarpment lies a vast sand sheet called the Mescalero Sands, named for the Mescalero Apaches who once hunted in these sandhills. In 1928, Nelson Horatio Darton of the United States Geological Survey observed: “On the east side of the Pecos Valley in southern New Mexico there are very extensive sand hills formed of deposits known as the ‘Mescalero Sands,’ which are doubtless of Quaternary age ...” Darton, N.H. 1928. "Red Beds" and associated formations in New Mexico, with an...
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