Some Rocks can actually Move on Their Own in Death Valley
In California’s Death Valley, a unique phenomenon occurs where large rocks appear to move across the desert floor, leaving long, winding tracks behind them. This mystery baffled scientists for decades until it was finally solved. It turns out that when conditions are just right—after a rainstorm when the ground is wet and frozen—wind can push the rocks, which are encased in sheets of ice, across the mud. As the ice melts during the day, it lubricates the rocks and allows them to slide, creating the enigmatic trails. The “sailing stones” of Death Valley are a captivating example of how natural forces can lead to seemingly inexplicable phenomena.