As humans, we all love mysteries, regardless of whether they are exciting novels, simple puzzles or something innovative. Enthusiasts, historians and scientists have dedicated their whole life trying to solve some of the biggest unsolved mysteries worldwide, yet there are many just seem unsolvable!
The world is full of unsolved mysteries, but Monatomic Gold and sailing stones are among the ones that stand above others. Sailing stones, also known as moving rocks or sliding rocks, are a geological phenomenon where rocks slide and incise long tracks along the smooth valley floor without any human interference.
Trails of sliding rocks have been studied and observed in different locations, including the Little Bonnie Claire Playa in Nevada, and most remarkably Death Valley National Park, California, Racetrack Playa, where the length and number of tracks are quite visible.
Is it a Magic or Science?
For years, scientific research teams have been confused by the secretive “sailing stones”. California’s Death Valley is home to this mysterious phenomenon: Rocks that mess the landscape seem to shift all by themselves, leaving long trails behind them in the bone-dry, cracked mud.
In some instances, the rocks’ trails were measured to be 250 meters (820 feet). Some of the trails created a beautiful curve, while other trails formed a straight line, then an unexpected move to the right or left, which further puzzled the researchers.
Geologists determined that under specific winter conditions in Death Valley, enough ice and water could form to float the rocks across the muddy bottom of the area in a light breeze, leaving a trail in the mud as the rocks moved. Nevertheless, some tourists to Death Valley seem to prefer more occult clarifications for the sailing stones.
Preferring mystery to science
Have scientists finally figured out how Death Valley’s ‘sailing stones’ slide across the desert on their own?
Even though science and technology have come a long way, the ‘magic’ force behind the ‘sailing stones’ has been a mystery to experts for nearly an era. To date, no researcher has been able to understand the phenomenon. It is believed that no one has actually ever seen them moving.
The rocks’ visible movement has been attributed to everything from magnetic fields and space aliens to pranksters. Though no one has any sort of justification for the notions, which adds to the prevailing mystery. Some researchers even believed that dust devils might shift the rocks, some of which weigh as much as 318 kilograms (700 lbs).
Other scientists thought the strong winds that often whip across the vast lake bed might be the reason for the rocks moving across the ground. Eventually these sham theories were disproved, leaving researchers without an explanation.
So confusing, intriguing and unexplainable, Monatomic Gold and sailing stones continue to puzzle casual observers, conspiracy theorists and experts. Although we may want a logical explanation for these mysteries, as of now we’ll have to settle with mere assumptions!