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Sailing Stones

The Mysterious moving tones of the packed mud desert of death valley have been a center of scientific controversy for decades.

Rocks weighing up to hundreds of pounds have been know to move up to hundreds of yards at a time.

Some scientists have proposed that a combination of strong winds and surface ice account for these movements.

However , This theory does not explain evidence of different  rocks starting side by side and moving at different rates and in desperate directions.

Moreover , the physics calculations do not fully support this theory as wind speeds of hundreds of miles per hour would be needed to move some of the stones.

Columnar Basalt

When a thick lava flows cool , it contracts vertically but cracks perpendicular to its directional flow with remarkable geometric regularity -In most cases forming of a regular grid of remarkable hexagonal extrusions that almost appear to be made by man.

One of the most famous such examples is the Giant’s Causeway on the coast of Ireland (Shown Above)Though the largest and most widely recognized would be Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.

Basalts also form in different but equally fascinating ways when eruption are exposed to air or water.

Blue Holes

Blue Holes are giant and sudden drops in water elevation that get their name from the dark and foreboding blue tone they exhibit. when viewed from above in relationship to surrounding waters.

They can be hundreds of feet deep and while divers are able to explore some of them they are largely devoid of oxygen that would support sea life due to poor water circulation – leaving them eerily empty.

Some blue holes , however , contain ancient fossil remains that have been discovered , preserved in their depths.

Ice Circles

While many see these apparently perfect ice circles as worthy as conpiracy theorizing, scientists generally accept that they are formed by eddies in the water that spin a sizable piece of ice in a circular motion.

As a result of this rotation , other pieces of ice and flotsam wear relatively evenly at the edges of the ice until it slowly forms into essentially ideal circle.

Ice Circles have been seen with diameters of over 500 feet and can also at times be found in clusters and groups at different sizes as shown above.

Mammatus Clouds

True to their ominous apperance , mammatus clouds are harbingers of a coming storm or other extreme weather system.

Typically composed primarily of ice , they can extend for hundreds of miles in each direction and individual formations can remain visibly static for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.

While they may appear  foreboding they are merely the messengers – appearing around , before or even after severe weather.


Sinkholes aare on of the world’s scariest natural phenomena.

Over time , water erodes the soil under the planet’s surface until in some cases , quite suddenly ,the land above gives way and collapses into the earth.

Many sinkholes occur naturally while others are the result of human intervention.

Displacing groundwater can open cavities while broken pipes can erode otherwise stable subterranean sediments.

Urban sinkholes ,up to hundreds of feet deep have formed and consumed parts of city blocks , sidewalks and even entire buildings.

Lenticular Clouds

Ever Wonder the truth about UFOs?

Avoided by traditional pilots but loved by sailplane aviators , Lenticular clouds are masses of clouds with strong internal uplift that can drive a motor less flyer to high elevations.

Their shape is quite often mistake for a mysterious flying object or the artificial cover for one.

Generally , lenticular clouds are formed as wind speeds up while moving around a large land object such as a mountain.

Light Pillars

Light Pillars appear as eerily upright luminous columns in the sky ,beacons cast into the air above without an apparent source..

These are visible when light reflects just right off of ice crystals either the sun or from artificial ground sources such as street or park lights.

Despite their appearance as near-solid columns of light,the effect is entirely created by our own relative viewpoint.




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