sliding rocks

Curious what results would pop up on Google Image for a search on “rocks” resulted in my confrontation with the sliding rocks of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park. Geology.com has a great write-up of this phenomenon (also of which the image above can be attributed).

Rocks weighing several hundred pounds slide across the desert floor on their own accord with no human or animal intervention. No one knows for sure how this happens. The two most popular theories involve wind and ice.

This natural occurrence is absolutely fascinating.

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Tom Saaristo
10 years ago

I love the sliding rocks. They haven’t bored me yet.

I’m not sold on either theory (wind or ice) quite yet. I’d like to go feel that dessert floor. Seems a bit strange that if it were wind that the path would never be disturbed.

Matt Maldre
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10 years ago

Actually i should say, It is wind. It is the desert floor. AND it’s that these rocks like to walk.

Matt Maldre
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10 years ago

We’ve been waiting so long for some new blog posts that I feel like this rock sliding across the desert floor.

Matt Maldre
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10 years ago

When I’m that rock sliding across the desert floor, I like to try to run over stuff, like bugs.

Mark R
Mark R
10 years ago

interesting stuff

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