The rocks of Racetrack playa presents one of the most mysterious occurrences of Earth to us. These rocks some weighing up to 700lbs move or some people like to call it to sail on the cracked mud leaving its trail.
It is a conundrum for many scientists and tourists love these enchanting mysteries and reasoning them to even alien activity. These sailing rocks create non-linear pathways which stay for years. The reason is still unfound, but there are some plausible explanations.
What’s the science behind it?
The muddy cracked soil is a dried-up river bed. And the most convincing logic behind it is the buoyancy of rocks and wind pressure contributing to the sailing nature of stones. A team of scientists and Ralph Lorenz has found a similar model to that in the tidal beaches of the Arctic beaches. In certain weather conditions, enough water and ice under the muddy bottom can make the rocks move to leave a trail when the winds blow and give the required force to start the motion.
But people prefer to twist it to conspiracy theories and magnetic fields and whatnot. The unanswered mystery is how people and tourists like it. The beautiful rocks moving without any fixed pattern and definite speed is thrilling. The unknown apprehension that when a stone will migrate and how fast it continues to egg the craze the Death Valley of California brings with it’s sailing rocks.
How and when to go
The best time to spot the rocks moving is during winter when the weather conditions are perfect for the enigma to unfold. The months of March to August are a good time to have a visit to Racetrack Playa. The accurate location to see a sailing rock is undetermined as it continues to change positions. But the best bet is to walk about the southeast corner of the playa for a possible sighting.
The secret and uncertainty surrounding the sailing stones continue to bring hoards of tourists every year to observe the phenomenon. So planning a trip to Death Valley for unearthing and experiencing this first hand is a must when going to North America.