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Date: 04/23/13 06:44 PM

22 Responses to Sailing Stones: Cali`s Creepy Mystery [Pic+]

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    fancylad Male 30-39
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    April 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm
    Link: Sailing Stones: Cali`s Creepy Mystery - Rocks that move on their own in Death Valley? Yep, although the jury`s still out as how this weird phenomenon happens.
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    April 23, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    I didn`t know the jury was still out on this. I read something in the mid nineties that the ground freezes at night and the wind pushes the rocks along the ice.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    April 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm
    @markust: Yeah, I think it`s something like that.

    On cold nights the humidity (what little there is) is caught on the leeward side of the rocks, making the ground freeze and rise up.
    When it thaws it sinks and "rocks" the rock forwards just a little bit.
    This could happen repeatedly during a night, or only a few times over a year.
    It`s similar to how they now think the Easter Island Heads were moved.

    It explains:
    >why they change directions
    >why no one`s filmed it
    >why it takes so long
    >why they sometimes don`t move for years
    >why stones both big and small seem to move at the same speed
    >why some stones "move" while others do not.

    It`s probably unique to that location, but may happen less frequently elsewhere too.

    I totally thought it up! ;-) Or not, it`s a composite of 2 other theories I read once...
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    April 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm
    I read the composite theory I mean.

    Freezing water can move a rock weighing several tons! Not MUCH of course, but it moves...
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    AtheistAlien Male 30-39
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    April 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    It`s not mystery and the jury is not still out on this one. Do some drating research.
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    FAKEBACON Male 18-29
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    April 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm
    I`m not saying it was, but: "ALIENS."
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    FAKEBACON Male 18-29
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    April 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm
    Doubt it`s ice. How come the phenomenon is so localized. Ice and water and wind are pretty common occurrence, Why doesn`t this happen more frequently in other places?

    I think it`s more magnetic in nature.
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    TheGuySmiley Male 18-29
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    April 23, 2013 at 5:05 pm
    if there`s no videos why doesn`t someone set up a camera and start filming?
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    April 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    The rocks are drawn towards the polarity of the hull of an alien buried under the surface full of warlike creatures ready to enslave us when they get the signal.

    Duh.

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    TadnJess Male 30-39
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    April 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm
    If I had to guess, seismic vibration, even as minute as it may be, combined with the slippery sand make a way for the rocks to move.I also think wind may help to push everything along.
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    April 23, 2013 at 7:21 pm
    @TheGuySmiley: They have. This is no mystery.

    Moving Rocks of Death Valley

    It`s just water that turns into ice over night dragging the rocks as the wind moves it. The mud surface is just so that some of those rocks get dislodged and move with the water while others don`t.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    April 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm
    @jendrian: Nope! That video doesn`t show them moving. It even says so.

    @FakeBacon: It`s a rater unique place: arid desert, windy, cold at night. Thank heaven it`s ISOLATED or "souvenir hunters" would have stripped it long ago! That would be tragic.

    I like the wind makes ice & rocks the stone theory. It`s the one that answers the most questions.

    Moving ice pushing the rocks would also push the sand and erase the tracks...
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    Zismo Male 18-29
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    April 23, 2013 at 10:20 pm
    Whatch the first ep of Weird or What on youtube, they recreate the conditions and explain the mystery.
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    onoffonoffon Male 30-39
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    April 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm
    The earth moves under the stones.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    April 24, 2013 at 3:06 am
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    DracObi Male 18-29
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    April 24, 2013 at 4:54 am
    guys, its just a crustle (the pokemon)
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    DromEd Male 40-49
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    April 24, 2013 at 5:37 am
    Does David Duchovny know about this?
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    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
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    April 24, 2013 at 8:57 am
    mud and wind. Ooo. spooky.
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    April 24, 2013 at 9:10 am
    This is how it happens.

    It explains some of them, maybe all of them.
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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    April 24, 2013 at 11:16 am
    Easy answer. Watch Apollo 18
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    swiftkeys Male 18-29
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    April 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    I move them.
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    April 25, 2013 at 12:32 am
    It`s Spongebob Squarepants driving them around. Everybody knows that.

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