Life in Death Valley: The Mystery of the Racing Rocks Feature Summary

Type:
Physics in Your World
Title:
The Mystery of the Racing Rocks
Description:
What could cause rocks like this--of various sizes--to slide across the desert of Death Valley and leave these long tracks? The force of the wind... the force of moving ice sheets? To find out about these possibilities, visit The Mystery of the Racing Rocks.

Also check out The Sliding Tracks of Racetrack Playa for other explanations and more images.

(This feature was updated on 1/24/2013.)
Image:
image credit: Jim Gordon (Creative Commons); <a href=" http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Racetrack_Playa,_Death_Valley,_CA.jpg " target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.physicstogo.org/images/features/Racetrack_Playa,_Death_Valley,_large1.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>.
image credit: Jim Gordon (Creative Commons); image source; larger image.
Image URL:
http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/Racetrack_Playa,_Death_Valley,_large.jpg
Featured:
July 1, 2010 - July 16, 2010