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Ball Lightning: A Secret Transport Medium For An Unknown Lifeform?

Ball lightning is a phenomenon that continues to baffle scientists the world over. Its volatile and dynamic nature make it practically impossible to place under a microscope for closer scrutiny. Researchers are forced to rely on laboratory simulations to catch a glimpse of its fascinating behavior. While the scientific community has learned a great deal about the phenomenon, researchers have still been unable to replicate the anomaly. Naturally occurring ball lightning doesn’t rise, and every replication attempt has resulted in a manifestation that does.

Mysterious Massive Stones Migrate Across Flat Death Valley California

Sailing stones, sliding rocks, and moving rocks all refer to a geological phenomenon where rocks move in long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. They have been recorded and studied in a number of places around Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, where the number and length of travel grooves are notable. The force behind their movement is not confirmed[1] and is the subject of research for which several hypotheses[2] exist.

The stones move only every two or three years and most tracks develop over three or four years. Stones with rough bottoms leave straight striated tracks while those with smooth bottoms wander. Stones sometimes turn over, exposing another edge to the ground and leaving a different track in the stone’s wake.