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The Land of Enchantment

New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment. The state is full of natural wonders such as the Carlsbad Caverns, which consist of 80 caves that were carved out by water and minerals. They contain strange rock formations with names such as Whale’s Mouth, Frozen Waterfall and Christmas Tree. Other natural wonders include the White Sands National Monument, which is a desert, not of sand, but of gleaming white crystals. The White Sands National Monument is 275 square miles of white dunes, which was once part of a large lake, and it is the largest collection of gypsum in the world.

New Mexico is the next stop in our United States of Energy data series ranking number 26 in residential electricity prices compared to 52 other US states averaging $10.52 Megawatts per hour. Major electric power plants include coal, natural gas with renewable energy potential in geothermal. New Mexico is a leading US producer of crude oil and natural gas.

Did you know? Two important aspects of New Mexico’s economy are scientific research such as the nuclear energy research carried out at Sandia National Laboratories and mining of natural resources such as oil, natural gas, uranium, potash, copper, coal, zinc, gold and silver.

In fact, Grants has been known as the “Uranium capital of the world” and produced the bulk of the nation’s uranium supply during the post-World War II and Cold War era. There are other cities in New Mexico that have their own well-known quirks such as Hatch being known as the “Green Chile capital of the world”. Las Cruces, New Mexico, makes the world’s largest enchilada the first weekend in October at the “Whole Enchilada Fiesta” and Albuquerque hosts the world’s largest international hot air balloon fiesta.

Do you know of any other well-known quirks about New Mexico?

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