Posted by: danielfee | January 31, 2014

Weekly Travel Theme: Dry 01-31-2014

The Racetrack - Death Valley National Park

The Racetrack – Death Valley National Park

The Racetrack - Death Valley National Park

The Racetrack – Death Valley National Park

The Racetrack - Death Valley National Park

The Racetrack – Death Valley National Park

Me at The Racetrack - Death Valley National Park

Me at The Racetrack – Death Valley National Park

The Racetrack - Death Valley National Park

The Racetrack – Death Valley National Park

 

The Racetrack is a dry lake bed, known as a playa, which is the flattest of all natural surfaces. The mud and silt eroded from the surrounding mountains to create the playa. The particles then settle evenly over the lake bottom, creating the level surface when the water evaporates. The moving rocks are something of a mystery and no one knows how these rocks get out into the middle of the Racetrack leaving these long trails behind them. Scientists theorize that when this ancient lake bed gets wet it becomes so slippery that winds coming off the mountains can move rocks weighing 100 pounds or more. Others suggest that the winds move the rocks only when ice helps raft them along a temporary lake surface. However they get there, it is pretty cool to walk around on the Racetrack and photograph the rocks.

 

 

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  1. Awesome post. Thanks for the information too. Always wondered about that!


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