Bottomless Lakes State Park, New Mexico
Bottomless Lakes State Park is located near Roswell in east-central New Mexico.
The lakes occupy sinkholes formed in gypsum, salt, redbeds and dolostone of the Artesia
Group and San Andreas Formation (upper Permian). Salt and gypsum have dissolved, leading
to collapse of the sinkholes. The sinkholes are typically circular with steep walls, 50-100
meters in diameter and 30-60 meters deep (Martinez et al. 1998). A large sinkhole lake
is visible in the foreground, and another can be seen in the background.
Photo date 3/98; © J.S. Aber.
Low-oblique view of the recreation area at Bottomless Lakes State Park. A beach and
bathhouse are located to the left side. Picnic shelters, volleyball court, and other
facilities are also visible. Photo date 3/98; © J.S. Aber.
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- Martinez, J.D., Johnson, K.S. and Neal, J.T. 1998. Sinkholes in evaporite rocks.
American Scientist 86:38-51.