Sailing stone, Racetrack Playa, USA

Sailing stone, Racetrack Playa, USA

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Caption: Sailing stone on Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, USA. The "sailing stones" are large rocks at the end of long tracks of the mud floor of the playa. The stones have long puzzled geologists. Recent research suggests that a water- saturated surface of a thin layer of clay and very strong winds combine to move the rocks, some of which weigh several dozen kilograms. The rocks originate from the steep slopes surrounding the basin.

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Keywords: american, arid habitat, california, cracked, cracking, cracks, death valley, death valley national park, drought, geological, geology, heat, mud flats, racetrack playa, rock, sailing stone, stones, united states, us, usa

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