Sand Mines (storymap)

A storymap that illustrates frac sand mining and its destruction of dunes sagebrush lizard habitat.


The dunes sagebrush lizard is one of the most imperiled lizards in the United States, restricted to small segments of New Mexico and Texas. This area is also significant for energy development—oil, gas, and wind—that threatens the lizard’s habitat. This storymap showing monthly satellite imagery of mines in different parts of the lizards’ range, is a companion to our brief analysis on the topic.

For other map products developed by our GIS team, visit Defenders’ main map page.



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