Have geologists finally figured out how Death Valley’s ‘sailing stones’ move across the desert all by themselves? A NASA geologist believes he has finally found the answer.
As the name implies, the sailing stones found in the dusky, cracked surface of a dried up lake bed in Death Valley, California, move across the desert all by themselves leaving trails in the sand on the barren Racetrack Player. The rocks, some as big as 700 pounds, leave tracks of nearly 600 feet long. To date, no scientist has been able to record the rock physically moving. It is believed that no one has ever seen them in motion.
The ‘magic’ force behind these ‘sailing stones’ has been a mystery to scientists for nearly a century. Now, is this mystery debunked?
The sailing stones of the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley have stumped scientists for nearly 100 years.
No one has actually been able to record the stones physically moving, but the trails they leave in the mudflats offers proof of the path that have taken.
The dried lake bed of the Racetrack Playa greats the perfect conditions to allow the stones to ‘sail’.