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4Durt ADMIN August 8, 2007
Wow thanks for jumping in with all the photos! Such a cool spot and it's great to see the variety of photos you all have created.

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Group Description

This is one of the most unique locations in Death Valley National Park. This dry lakebed has an interesting attraction in that rocks on its surface move! Well, so far nobody has seen them actually moving, but the trails they leave are the tell-tale sign.

There is certainly a lot of speculation on how these rocks appear to have moved on their own leaving long and curving trails behind them. These theories range from wind and rain to UFO's! While some may disagree I'm completely sold on moving sheets of ice. These slabs of ice have the rocks locked in place and are dragged along when new rain water running onto the playa along with wind give enough movement.

Nobody has ever recorded and actual event where the rocks moved, but there are plenty of photos of these rocks.

Also found in this area is a large rock formation at the north end known as The Grandstands. Apparently where you sit to watch the rocks race!

If you have photos of this area, please share them with this group.

Photos should be limited to those that have the playa, grandstand or 'moving' rocks
as a subject. Please keep to unique angles to lesson repetition.

Without notice I may remove photos from the pool that do not fit the description
or that may be virtual repeats from the same member. This doesn't mean your
photo was bad.

Unfortunately some people walk out onto the playa while it is wet.

Needless to say this not only ruins photographs also the whole effect of the rock tracks.

In a similar style there is now a group for Teakettle Junction:
On your way to the Racetrack you must have passed Teakettle Junction (unless you came up Lippincott Road!)

There is also a great group for Death Valley and the surrounding area!
Add photos to this group from your whole Death Valley experience!

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  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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