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Mysterious sliding rock on Death Valley's Racetrack Playa

Sliding Rock on Death Valley's Racetrack Playa

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The Racetrack Playa is a scenic dry lake on the northwestern side of Death Valley. During periods of heavy rains water washes onto the playa creating a slick surface. Strong winds then blow the stones across the muddy surface leaving tracks behind. When the mud dries it leaves behind hexagonal shapes in the valley floor.
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Russ Taylor
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The Racetrack Playa is a scenic dry lake on the northwestern side of Death Valley. During periods of heavy rains water washes onto the playa creating a slick surface. Strong winds then blow the stones across the muddy surface leaving tracks behind. When the mud dries it leaves behind hexagonal shapes in the valley floor.