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Mystery No More: How the Sliding Stones of Death Valley Do Their Trick

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from Live Science

Mystery of Death Valley's 'Sailing Stones' Solved

Scientists think they've finally solved the mystery of the sailing stones or moving rocks in Death Valley.

from Laughing Squid

Scientists Believe They Have Uncovered the Mystery of Self-Moving Death Valley ‘Sailing Stones’

Scientists Believe They Have Uncovered the Mystery of Self-Moving Death Valley 'Sailing Stones'

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from Live Science

Mystery of Death Valley's 'Sailing Stones' Solved

Mystery of the sailing stones SOLVED: In 2006, NASA scientist Ralph Lorenz used items he had around the house and discovered how the stones "sail". After rain or heavy dew, a thin sheet of ice forms on the ground, surrounding the rocks. As the ice thaws, friction causes the ice encased stone to slide over the mud! Night time in the open desert can drop to freezing quite easily under the right circumstances, such as after a light rain!

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from Photo Snapping

Death Valley sailing stone – rare conditions can move boulders when ice forms and then melts in the middle of the California desert! [OC][1200×649] #reddit

Death Valley sailing stone rare conditions can move boulders when ice forms and then melts in the middle of the California desert! [OC][1200649] #reddit