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A mysterious sailing stone in Death Valley. How these boulders weighing up almost a thousand pounds move across the valley floor has confounded scientists and skeptics for decades.
People have wondered about this odd mystery for years. Thanks to some patient scientists, it is finally documented and solved:
Sailing stones in Death Valley are seen showing signs of traveling along the ground. Tracks in the dirt clearly show the rocks made a journey across the surface, but no one knew how this could happen, until now.

The Death Valley stones, made from black dolomite, have never been seen moving. Long trails have been seen for a century, however, causing geologists and armchair scientists to ask how the rocks could move along the flat Racetrack Playa.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by SciTech.


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