Nevada March 02, 2017
5 Unexplained, Natural Phenomena In Nevada Sure To Baffle Anyone
The world is a mysterious place. It’s chock-full of beauty, wonder, nature, and mystery. Every state has some sort of unexplained natural phenomena. Or are they explainable? Here are 5 such phenomena in Nevada guaranteed to baffle anyone. From rocks moving on their own to singing sands to a stunning geothermal geyser, visitors are both stunned and awed by these wonders.
1. The Sailing Stones of Death Valley
Located on the Nevada-California border, Death Valley is home to a variety of flora and fauna. However, in Racetrack Playa, rocks (some as large as 300 kg/661 lbs) drift across the flat desert seemingly by themselves, creating a furrow in the ground as they move. Whereas several theories have been put forth to explain this unusual natural phenomenon, none are definitive, and these sailing stones remain a mystery.
2. Fly Geyser - Washoe County
Fly Geyser is located in Gerlach near Hualapai Flat Walley and looks like something out of a fairy tale. Located on a private ranch surrounded by a high fence, visitors are able to see this unusual geyser from a distance. This man-made geothermal geyser was created during well drilling and measures five feet high by twelve feet wide
3. Sand Mountain Singing Sand Dune - Fallon
Sand Mountain is known as a singing sand dune that measures nearly 600 feet high and is clearly visible from Highway 50, 20 miles east of Fallon. When visitors slide or ride down the mountain, the sand actually moans quite loudly as a result of the shape of the sand grains and the way they rub together. Even on a windy day, the singing sands of this unusual natural phenomenon can be heard.
4. Pyramid Lake - Truckee River Basin (Reno)
Covering more than 125,000 acres, Pyramid Lake is a remnant of Lake Lahontan that once covered all of Nevada. The water color changes from blue to gray depending upon sunshine and cloud cover, and unusual rock formations resembling pyramids jut out of the water.
5. Elephant Rock - Valley of Fire State Park
Elephant Rock is known as a natural stone arch that was formed over several thousand years by strong desert winds and rain eroding part of the rock, giving it the shape of an elephant. This formation will eventually collapse from the same weather conditions that formed it.
Have you visited and seen any of these phenomena? Do you know of any others in Nevada? Please let me know in the comments below.