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farkingismybusiness    [TotalFark]  
What happens when they want to erase!!???!?!?!

05 Dec 2012 08:21 PM
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roughridersfan     
I saw a TV show that explained how the rocks do this. Anybody remember it? I can't recall the details.

05 Dec 2012 08:22 PM
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steve_s     

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


Earthquakes.

05 Dec 2012 08:22 PM
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Heamer     
What a rolling rock might look like:

dontdrinkbeer.files.wordpress.com

05 Dec 2012 08:24 PM
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I hate Chevy     
Skeptoid.com covers this Link

05 Dec 2012 08:24 PM
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farkingismybusiness    [TotalFark]  
Papa?

05 Dec 2012 08:26 PM
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UseUrHeadFred     
Personally, I'm still looking for someone who's an Etch A Sketch candidate.

05 Dec 2012 08:26 PM
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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.

05 Dec 2012 08:27 PM
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Bear in the Woods     
The rocks are ordinary dolomite that tumbled out from the surrounding mountains.

I'm over 40% Dolomite!

05 Dec 2012 08:28 PM
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Gyrfalcon     

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.

05 Dec 2012 08:30 PM
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Jon iz teh kewl     
sandiegofreepress.org

05 Dec 2012 08:31 PM
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iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  
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

05 Dec 2012 08:32 PM
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david_gaithersburg     

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?

05 Dec 2012 08:33 PM
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farkingismybusiness    [TotalFark]  

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?

05 Dec 2012 08:34 PM
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bim1154     

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.

05 Dec 2012 08:38 PM
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doglover    [TotalFark]  

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.

05 Dec 2012 08:38 PM
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jtown     
nikilee30.files.wordpress.com

When the hectic pace of snail racing is just too much...

05 Dec 2012 08:39 PM
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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?

05 Dec 2012 08:41 PM
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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.

05 Dec 2012 08:42 PM
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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?

05 Dec 2012 08:43 PM
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Banned on the Run    [TotalFark]  
This is not a repeat from 500 AD 

upload.wikimedia.org

05 Dec 2012 08:43 PM
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FunkOut    [TotalFark]  

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.

05 Dec 2012 08:47 PM
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RayD8     

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?

05 Dec 2012 08:50 PM
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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..

05 Dec 2012 08:51 PM
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rocketpants    [TotalFark]  

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

05 Dec 2012 08:53 PM
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Gordon Bennett     
Not a shred of moss on any of them. What do you know.

05 Dec 2012 08:53 PM
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martid4    [TotalFark]  
They were pushed.

05 Dec 2012 08:54 PM
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historynow11     
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.

05 Dec 2012 08:55 PM
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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.

05 Dec 2012 08:58 PM
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amquelbettamin     

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

05 Dec 2012 08:58 PM
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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.

05 Dec 2012 08:59 PM
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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.

05 Dec 2012 09:06 PM
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JohnAnnArbor    [TotalFark]  
Not just floods moving them all at once?

05 Dec 2012 09:10 PM
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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...

05 Dec 2012 09:13 PM
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Haliburton Cummings     

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?

05 Dec 2012 09:14 PM
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Walker    [TotalFark]  

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.

05 Dec 2012 09:20 PM
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rustik    [TotalFark]  

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.

05 Dec 2012 09:29 PM
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fusillade762    [TotalFark]  

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

05 Dec 2012 09:30 PM
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fusillade762    [TotalFark]  

david_gaithersburg: Ripley's Believe it or Not?


25.media.tumblr.com

05 Dec 2012 09:32 PM
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gito     
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

05 Dec 2012 09:35 PM
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utahraptor2     

Haliburton Cummings: not a 25 pound rock pal.


I'd like to have a 25 pound rock pal.

05 Dec 2012 09:38 PM
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GungFu     

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?!

05 Dec 2012 09:39 PM
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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.

05 Dec 2012 09:40 PM
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ng2810     
Found this online. Apparently they figured it out after watching the most boring sport ever.

05 Dec 2012 09:47 PM
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Kevin72     

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.

05 Dec 2012 09:48 PM
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bullsballs     

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...

05 Dec 2012 09:53 PM
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historynow11     

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 :)

05 Dec 2012 09:54 PM
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gregscott     
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.

05 Dec 2012 10:04 PM
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Spartacus Outlaw     

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.

05 Dec 2012 10:06 PM
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Apeboy     
It is the earth revolving under the rocks. Geez, thought everybody knew that.

Solved, that was easy, next question.

05 Dec 2012 10:07 PM
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