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Moving Rock Mystery

Uploaded by: PugetSoundPost

Monday March 25, 2013


Caption: Racetrack in Death Valley National Park, with access via a 26 mile dirt road, provides a very interesting experience with moving rocks. No one really knows how these rocks move, but theories include the limited rain and water (or possibly ice) slicken the surface enough of the dry lakebed, or playa, that when the strong winds blow they are able to push, or slide the rock along the slick surface. The evidence is seen by the trail, or track, left behind the rock, which can reach weights of 100 pounds or more, so a substantial force is applied to move them. The vast, utterly flat hard surface of the lakebed was great fun to walk across and explore in the desert sun (and wind, I may add!).

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1. gatorgal
9:18 PM GMT on March 31, 2013
What an interesting phenomenon!
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My husband and I, along with our four kids in college and beyond live in western Washington, but we like to venture further afield when time permits. We have enjoyed photography wherever we have gone and hope to add a little new perspective to any who may stop by to enjoy a bit of our journeys. We appreciate your interest and comments! Weather is also a passion of mine, so please drop by my blog for my musings about our weather here in the Puget Sound region!

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