The sailing stones of California’s Death Valley National Park is a fascinating phenomenon, traveling along the desert with seemingly no outside intervention.
For so long, no one has ever witnessed its movement, the trajectory is undeniable with its trail etched into the surface of the dried lake bed known as the Racetrack Playa. These trails — some stretching for as long as 860 feet — can persist for years on the desert floor, evidence of some unknown force moving the rocks on the remote and empty Death Valley.
The only question is, how?
Speculation over the mysterious sailing stones phenomenon has ranged from hurricane winds to aliens. The explanation is much more amazing though, if only for the “perfect storm” necessary to create the conditions necessary for the sailing rocks to occur.
According to a report from Gizmodo, the stones “are actually being pushed around by delicate sheets of ice skating on sand.”
A team of scientists searched for answers about…