Sailing stone by moonlight - The Racetrack, Death Valley National Park, California
Sailing stone by moonlight - The Racetrack, Death Valley National Park, California

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Caption   In this nighttime scene, moonlight illuminates the Racetrack playa in California's Death Valley National Park. The Racetrack is most famous for its sailing stones - rocks, some weighing several hundred pounds, that move over its surface, leaving tracks behind them in the mud. Some of the tracks are many hundreds of feet long. The cause of the stone's motion is not fully understood, although it's believed to involve strong winds pushing the rocks during periods when the clay surface is wet and slippery. In some cases, thin ice sheets may also play a part.
Photo Id   w5083-3ff3-58d65
Date and Time   October 15, 2008   9:23 PM
Location   The Racetrack, Death Valley National Park, California
latitude 36° 40' 15.2" N       longitude 117° 33' 43.0" W
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Keywords   Racetrack, Death Valley National Park, CA, California, United States
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