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The Mysterious Sailing Stones of Death Valley (49 pics)

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The sailing stones (sliding rocks, moving rocks) are a geological phenomenon where rocks move in long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. They have been recorded and studied in a number of places around Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, where the number and length of travel grooves are notable. The force behind their movement is not understood and is subject to research.


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№1 Author: megadentron (26 Oct 2009 03:20) Total user comments: 102


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this is some crazy stuff! ive always been interested as to what causes this
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№2 Author: Demolution (26 Oct 2009 03:32) Total user comments: 10


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They Will Band Together To Form The Ultimate Killing Machine. Pew Pew 79
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№3 Author: ash666 (26 Oct 2009 05:48) Total user comments: 1856


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very weird stuff
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№4 Author: salsapopo (26 Oct 2009 09:21) Total user comments: 12722


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coool
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№5 Author: mudassargold (26 Oct 2009 11:48) Total user comments: 1951


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wired
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№6 Author: NooFoo (26 Oct 2009 14:07) Total user comments: 799


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they move because of the wind and when it rains. the rain makes the ground slick, and occasionally, if it's windy enough, it will move the rocks around and create the trails...man, they knew this shit in the 70's....no it's not a mystery, and yes, it does happen that way. i've seen slo motion videos of the rocks moving during bad rain and heavy winds..looks like they were dancing.. another one of life's great mysteries solved by NooFoo
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№7 Author: olexo (26 Oct 2009 15:36) Total user comments: 839


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gud guy noofoo
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№8 Author: Ty Webb (26 Oct 2009 19:43) Total user comments: 6156


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YAY NOOFOO!!! If I had to guess I would have said a combanation between wind and small tremours or earth quakes.. but earthquakes alone would not make the rocks move in such straight or deliberate lines.
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№9 Author: pimphomie (26 Oct 2009 20:00) Total user comments: 635


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Nice noofoo
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№10 Author: unknownj (26 Oct 2009 22:44) Total user comments: 427


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sounds logical to me
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№11 Author: jim (26 Oct 2009 22:49) Total user comments: 0


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not buying it. some of those rocks are small boulders. they seem to weigh over 300 pounds. it would take a gail force wind (in excess of 200mph) to move them. still a mystery to me
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№12 Author: bruce88lee (26 Oct 2009 23:07) Total user comments: 1818


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wtf
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№13 Author: hollywood1103 (27 Oct 2009 00:13) Total user comments: 39


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i would say wind too because if u look it seems the flattest part of the rock is toward the trail. giving it an aerodynamic affect.
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№14 Author: kzwz (27 Oct 2009 08:30) Total user comments: 0


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maybe just somebody (why not someone who took the photos) tied the stones with a long rope and pulled it along? if you wonder no foot prints, then put a pole somewhere and use it as a fulcrum, pull it like L shape line.
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№15 Author: Fuzzy (28 Oct 2009 18:23) Total user comments: 1130


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Physics - isn't it cool
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№16 Author: RUSauditor (9 Nov 2009 10:58) Total user comments: 417


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wow
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№17 Author: Jonny (27 Nov 2009 04:58) Total user comments: 0


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Hydrodynamic lubrication
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№18 Author: Smug Skeptic (28 Mar 2010 18:46) Total user comments: 0


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Seems to me most likely that the the area floods to a depth of an inch or so, then it starts to freeze, the stones get caught in largish ice sheets, and that wind pushed the ice sheets across a layer of lubricating water, dragging the stones. The force on the ice sheet is enough to overcome the friction of the stone sliding through a shallow layer of mud, which leaves the trail.

I don't see how this wouldn't explain all the observed phenomena.

I agree that the wind wouldn't push the stones by itself. And lubricating just the stones wouldn't explain it either as it's apparent they meet with some friction in making those trails.

I certainly don't see any reason to resort to zero point quantum extra terrestrial orgone energies here.
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