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Rocks that move by themselves, but only when nobody’s looking.

December 7, 2012

Reminds me of that character in “Mystery Men” who can only turn invisible when nobody’s watching him.

It’s the time of year when the sailing stones of Racetrack Playa in California’s Death Valley are on the move. Probably. No one has actually seen these huge rocks move along the flat, dry lake bed. But, we know they do. Sometime, when no one’s looking, usually after freezing weather or heavy wind or rain, the rocks up and scoot themselves leaving unmistakable travel grooves in their wake. Extremely patient scientists studying the wanderliths have concluded that wetter winter weather plays a role in the stone rolling, but they’re still not exactly sure how it all works.

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Mysterious Roving Rocks of Racetrack Playa

More pictures at the link.

So lemme get this straight: we know for sure that the oceans are going to swallow up several island nations in the next 25 years, but we can’t catch rocks moving by themselves in the desert?

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