Gifts from the Permian


a tale partly told in

four movements

aka: "movies"

Direct gifts, like salt, potash and reefs that became mountains ("movie" 1), all of Permian age.

Indirect gifts like oil and gas laid down before the Permian, but still here, protected by ancient Permian bay clays and salts.

Indirect gifts like waterfalls ("movie" 2) and luxuriant vegetation ("movies" 1 and 2) wherever there is water on these reef- remnants in the Chihuahuan Desert.

Indirect gifts like caves sculpted into the limestone of these ancient reefs, producing stunning formations ("movie" 3). ["Movie" 3 includes photos from the lower Carlsbad caverns not open to the public, taken while a volunteer on a work detail.]

Indirect gifts like white sand dunes composed of Permian- age gypsum ("movie" 4).  


These movies are slide shows set to music by Gary Stadler, from his REFLECTIONS OF FAERIE album, and is used courtesy of Sequoia Records: Music for Meditation and Relaxation.

I made up these movies using muveeAutoproducer 6 --they have newer version of their product line with more features, but this version is what would work with my 8-year old HP system which still runs perfectly.

Almost all photos are by Abe Van Luik and are also available (cost free for non-commercial use) at

NPS (National Park Service) photos are from the NPS website for the feature being described.

The two photos that are from other sites are properly referenced where that photo is also used in the ThoughtsandPlaces.Org website

Either left-click on the link below, and start the movie.

Or (recommended) right-click on the link below, and use "save target as" to download it and play it anytime you wish.

1: McKittrick Canyon (highlights only from a 2-day foray in Fall)

2: Sitting Bull Falls  (the whole area is now closed because of fire destruction, great pity, it is a beautiful spot as you can see in this "movie")

3:  Carlsbad Caverns (including some scenes from the lower cave not open to the public)

4.  White Sands National Monument (a "recent" addition to the New-Mexican scene, just since the last Ice Age that ended about 10,000 years ago)

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