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Where Rocks Move

Where Rocks Move
In Death Valley, A long washboarded dirt road finally reaches an ancient lakebed composed entirely of beige-colored silt. A place that’s high and windy, wet in winter and very level.

A famous playa: the Racetrack. Where you can see the tracks made by rocks of many sizes as they slither by themselves across the lakebed.

There was speculation for years that the rocks, some weighing hundreds of pounds, had to be pushed by a howling wind. But it’s been less than half a decade since the first person actually saw them moving, and could prove it with GPS.

Actually, the rocks are carried along like sails in thin sheets of ice which are wet underneath, beginning to melt in rather nice weather.

If you want to see this phenomenon, you can go to Youtube for a charming 6 minute film, "How Rocks Move”, by the paleooceanographer who shivered for a long time up on the winter Racetrack until he finally saw them do it.

slgwv, Ernest CH, Andy Rodker and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo

LutzP club
...reminds me ... Footprints
23 months ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Very interesting phenomenon in this un-welcoming place.
23 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
23 months ago.
GrahamH club
In Australia we call roads like that corrugated.
23 months ago.

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