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2012-12-05 08:21:59 PM  
What happens when they want to erase!!???!?!?!
 
2012-12-05 08:22:33 PM  
I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.
 
2012-12-05 08:22:56 PM  

farkingismybusiness: What happens when they want to erase!!???!?!?!


Earthquakes.
 
2012-12-05 08:24:11 PM  
What a rolling rock might look like:

dontdrinkbeer.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-05 08:24:47 PM  
Skeptoid.com covers this Link
 
2012-12-05 08:26:28 PM  
Papa?
 
2012-12-05 08:26:47 PM  
Personally, I'm still looking for someone who's an Etch A Sketch candidate.
 
2012-12-05 08:27:49 PM  

roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.


There's been a few over the years but the one I remember was from the 80s and called, 'Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World'.

So, old shiat is old.
 
2012-12-05 08:28:59 PM  
The rocks are ordinary dolomite that tumbled out from the surrounding mountains.

I'm over 40% Dolomite!
 
2012-12-05 08:30:07 PM  

GungFu: roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.

There's been a few over the years but the one I remember was from the 80s and called, 'Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World'.

So, old shiat is old.


I think "Unsolved Mysteries" did one, and either it got redone on Discovery channel or that pathetic stew on History Channel. It's very frustrating because the conditions have to be so perfect, nobody can catch it on video, and there's no good way to fake it, either.
 
2012-12-05 08:31:48 PM  
sandiegofreepress.org
 
2012-12-05 08:32:10 PM  
Meh; you should see what they do to our politics.

/ I'm looking at you, Obama the Martian. WHAR EARF CERTIFICATE, WHAR!!!

// I keed, I keed
 
2012-12-05 08:33:08 PM  

GungFu: roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.

There's been a few over the years but the one I remember was from the 80s and called, 'Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World'.

So, old shiat is old.


.
In Search Of?
That's Incredible?
Ripley's Believe it or Not?
 
2012-12-05 08:34:04 PM  

Bear in the Woods: The rocks are ordinary dolomite that tumbled out from the surrounding mountains.

I'm over 40% Dolomite!


When I see a ghost/Extraterrestrial being, I cut the motherfarker.
www.shockingimages.com
Can you dig?
 
2012-12-05 08:38:02 PM  

roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.


Mud and wind as I recall.
 
2012-12-05 08:38:02 PM  

roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.


I think it was something to do with the rocks changing how things erode. Minute differences on the mud moves the rock ever so slightly each day with temperature changes. Over a year, you get mere inches, but it moves.
 
2012-12-05 08:39:55 PM  
nikilee30.files.wordpress.com

When the hectic pace of snail racing is just too much...
 
2012-12-05 08:41:49 PM  
"Trails as long as 1,500 feet have been found. What's even more puzzling is sometimes you can follow these trails and there's no rock at the end of it."

Did they check the other end of the trail?
 
2012-12-05 08:42:18 PM  

roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.


I dunno the show, but the details:

Basically, the sand turns into a slick surface when wet, and the canyon causes a wind tunnel. Nearly frictionless surface + wind + rocks = funky trails that mystify everyone.
 
2012-12-05 08:43:25 PM  

roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.


yeah it was called whachamacallit with whatshisface in it...he did the whateverit'scalled...

i would have googled it before i posted it but like you i am far too lazy...like you, my impulse to post nonsense overrides my common sense...

anyone else know what that stuff from that place from that show where they do stuff is called?
 
2012-12-05 08:43:31 PM  
This is not a repeat from 500 AD 

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-05 08:47:51 PM  

Invisible Pedestrian: "Trails as long as 1,500 feet have been found. What's even more puzzling is sometimes you can follow these trails and there's no rock at the end of it."

Did they check the other end of the trail?


Of course not. Everyone else has been too stupid to do that.
 
2012-12-05 08:50:08 PM  

Haliburton Cummings: roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.

yeah it was called whachamacallit with whatshisface in it...he did the whateverit'scalled...

i would have googled it before i posted it but like you i am far too lazy...like you, my impulse to post nonsense overrides my common sense...

anyone else know what that stuff from that place from that show where they do stuff is called?


Potato?
 
2012-12-05 08:51:52 PM  

Peki: roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.

I dunno the show, but the details:

Basically, the sand turns into a slick surface when wet, and the canyon causes a wind tunnel. Nearly frictionless surface + wind + rocks = funky trails that mystify everyone.


nope. wrong.

i've been there and that surface is anything but "friction-less".

some of those rocks weigh as much as 20 pounds..so not wind..

the prevalent accepted theory is:
it happens as the result of ice crystals that form on them overnight melting in the daytime heat.

if you look, there's a youtube time lapse of these (maybe vimeo)

this happens in parts of Australia and Tunisia as well..
 
2012-12-05 08:53:34 PM  

farkingismybusiness: Bear in the Woods: The rocks are ordinary dolomite that tumbled out from the surrounding mountains.

I'm over 40% Dolomite!

When I see a ghost/Extraterrestrial being, I cut the motherfarker.
[www.shockingimages.com image 216x162]
Can you dig?


Came here for Dolomite...

/ off for a bowl of rat soup
 
2012-12-05 08:53:45 PM  
Not a shred of moss on any of them. What do you know.
 
2012-12-05 08:54:32 PM  
They were pushed.
 
2012-12-05 08:55:31 PM  
I was there back in October. Love Death Valley :)

sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net

sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net

And if you want youtube silliness, I'm making fun of Bear Grylls here, and being a dork here with the moving rocks.
 
2012-12-05 08:58:36 PM  

Haliburton Cummings: Peki: roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.

I dunno the show, but the details:

Basically, the sand turns into a slick surface when wet, and the canyon causes a wind tunnel. Nearly frictionless surface + wind + rocks = funky trails that mystify everyone.

nope. wrong.

i've been there and that surface is anything but "friction-less".

some of those rocks weigh as much as 20 pounds..so not wind..

the prevalent accepted theory is:
it happens as the result of ice crystals that form on them overnight melting in the daytime heat.

if you look, there's a youtube time lapse of these (maybe vimeo)

this happens in parts of Australia and Tunisia as well..



Hmmm. I've seen the videos before and I'd go for the wind and rain theory.

Ever placed a pint of beer/cup/ pot lid on a slighty wet surface and see it move on its own? Same kinda deal. The unlevel surface will allow for movement and the wind in Death Valley will do the same.
 
2012-12-05 08:58:50 PM  

Invisible Pedestrian: "Trails as long as 1,500 feet have been found. What's even more puzzling is sometimes you can follow these trails and there's no rock at the end of it."

Did they check the other end of the trail?


Things that make you go hmmmm

blog.beaumontenterprise.com
 
2012-12-05 08:59:57 PM  
I'm tempted to go out there with a backpack sprayer full of water and a stick to push rocks around so I can spell obscenities.
 
2012-12-05 09:06:11 PM  

Haliburton Cummings: anyone else know what that stuff from that place from that show where they do stuff is called?


Yes, I was in that one.
 
2012-12-05 09:10:14 PM  
Not just floods moving them all at once?
 
2012-12-05 09:13:47 PM  

GungFu: Haliburton Cummings: Peki: roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.

I dunno the show, but the details:

Basically, the sand turns into a slick surface when wet, and the canyon causes a wind tunnel. Nearly frictionless surface + wind + rocks = funky trails that mystify everyone.

nope. wrong.

i've been there and that surface is anything but "friction-less".

some of those rocks weigh as much as 20 pounds..so not wind..

the prevalent accepted theory is:
it happens as the result of ice crystals that form on them overnight melting in the daytime heat.

if you look, there's a youtube time lapse of these (maybe vimeo)

this happens in parts of Australia and Tunisia as well..


Hmmm. I've seen the videos before and I'd go for the wind and rain theory.

Ever placed a pint of beer/cup/ pot lid on a slighty wet surface and see it move on its own? Same kinda deal. The unlevel surface will allow for movement and the wind in Death Valley will do the same.


not a 25 pound rock pal.

death valley is called death valley for a reason...it's dry....and hot...and has very little water...

go look up some info on death valley and come back...
 
2012-12-05 09:14:55 PM  

That Guy...From That Show!: Haliburton Cummings: anyone else know what that stuff from that place from that show where they do stuff is called?

Yes, I was in that one.


totally! you were the dude with that stuff and then you said such and such to what's her face...that was my favorite..uhm...what do they call segments of a series again?
 
2012-12-05 09:20:05 PM  

roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.


Ice, ice baby.
 
2012-12-05 09:29:10 PM  

I hate Chevy: Skeptoid.com covers this Link


Apparently a lot of people missed this link. Their explanation sounds pretty plausible.

Some amount of water covers the usually dry lake bed. Ice sheets form and either wind or currents push them into the rocks, sliding them across the bottom. Clay is pretty dense so it would deform from the weight of the rock, and it would take a while to fill back in. It's also pretty slick when it's wet. The water level during the event would determine which rocks move, since smaller rocks would be below the ice and larger ones too heavy to move. That would explain why some have trails and some don't.
 
2012-12-05 09:30:51 PM  

Walker: roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.

Ice, ice baby.


www.mentalfloss.com

www.mentalfloss.com
 
2012-12-05 09:32:08 PM  

david_gaithersburg: Ripley's Believe it or Not?


25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-12-05 09:35:00 PM  
Yup, it's ice, wind, and/or rain that creates a slick, frictionless surface for the stones to move. That's the prevailing theory. When you have no resistance, size and weight of the stone doesn't matter.

/ as the story's author, I'm getting a kick out of this
// I am not subby, but am tickled to see the story here
 
2012-12-05 09:38:48 PM  

Haliburton Cummings: not a 25 pound rock pal.


I'd like to have a 25 pound rock pal.
 
2012-12-05 09:39:08 PM  

Haliburton Cummings: GungFu: Haliburton Cummings: Peki: roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.

I dunno the show, but the details:

Basically, the sand turns into a slick surface when wet, and the canyon causes a wind tunnel. Nearly frictionless surface + wind + rocks = funky trails that mystify everyone.

nope. wrong.

i've been there and that surface is anything but "friction-less".

some of those rocks weigh as much as 20 pounds..so not wind..

the prevalent accepted theory is:
it happens as the result of ice crystals that form on them overnight melting in the daytime heat.

if you look, there's a youtube time lapse of these (maybe vimeo)

this happens in parts of Australia and Tunisia as well..


Hmmm. I've seen the videos before and I'd go for the wind and rain theory.

Ever placed a pint of beer/cup/ pot lid on a slighty wet surface and see it move on its own? Same kinda deal. The unlevel surface will allow for movement and the wind in Death Valley will do the same.

not a 25 pound rock pal.

death valley is called death valley for a reason...it's dry....and hot...and has very little water...

go look up some info on death valley and come back...



Man, look at the surface pattern of the desert from the already posted photos and come back.

And look into the climate of that particular place and then come back again.


'Very liitle water'!! Yeah, like because it's called Death Valley there'a a lot of death, right?!
 
2012-12-05 09:40:20 PM  

historynow11: I was there back in October. Love Death Valley :)

[sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]

[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x624]

And if you want youtube silliness, I'm making fun of Bear Grylls here, and being a dork here with the moving rocks.


I was there Death Valley at the end of March just before Drew's convention in Las Vegas.But I've never made it to the racetrack ... too chicken to face that road. But I did climb to the top of. Wildrose Peak.
 
2012-12-05 09:47:36 PM  
Found this online. Apparently they figured it out after watching the most boring sport ever.
 
2012-12-05 09:48:54 PM  

Invisible Pedestrian: "Trails as long as 1,500 feet have been found. What's even more puzzling is sometimes you can follow these trails and there's no rock at the end of it."

Did they check the other end of the trail?


DUH, no. The reason there was no rock at the start or end of the trail was that SOME MISCREANT EARTHLING STOLE IT. That's the one thing that is not mysterious.
 
2012-12-05 09:53:00 PM  

wildcardjack: I'm tempted to go out there with a backpack sprayer full of water and a stick to push rocks around so I can spell obscenities.


almost sounds like shuffle board of the gods...
 
2012-12-05 09:54:29 PM  

Kevin72: historynow11: I was there back in October. Love Death Valley :)

[sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x637]

[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x624]

And if you want youtube silliness, I'm making fun of Bear Grylls here, and being a dork here with the moving rocks.

I was there Death Valley at the end of March just before Drew's convention in Las Vegas.But I've never made it to the racetrack ... too chicken to face that road. But I did climb to the top of. Wildrose Peak.


I drove from Ohio to Santa Barbara, CA for a wedding, then went into Death Valley and camped for a few days before heading to Bonneville, UT then back to Ohio. I drove Racetrack Valley Road...in a Toyota Corolla. Took 2.5 hours each way, but it is worth it. Lost one hubcap on the way out, but found it on the way back :)
 
2012-12-05 10:04:51 PM  
Some of the tracks involving multiple rocks follow paths that clearly are rocks locked and linked in ice, being blown in "tandem". Next mystery, please.
 
2012-12-05 10:06:19 PM  

Peki: roughridersfan: I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.

I dunno the show, but the details:

Basically, the sand turns into a slick surface when wet, and the canyon causes a wind tunnel. Nearly frictionless surface + wind + rocks = funky trails that mystify everyone.


Like how a glass will slide on a wet bar surface without prodding.
 
2012-12-05 10:07:10 PM  
It is the earth revolving under the rocks. Geez, thought everybody knew that.

Solved, that was easy, next question.
 
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