Sailing Stones will surprise you in Death Valley, California
Sailing Stones, Death Valley, California
These stones seem to be alive, mysteriously moving across the dry desert ground in Death Valley National Park’s Racetrack Playa. They leave tracks along the earth without the intervention of humans or animals, and the cause has never been confirmed. The stones move every two or three years and sometimes even turn over, leaving tracks that can measure hundreds of feet long. Strong sustained winds are thought to slowly push the stones across the thin layer of saturated clay on the surface, but no one has ever actually seen them move. During a storm when it rains the mud acts as an efficient lubricant allowing the wind to move these stones very slowly.
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