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Racetrack sailing stone and star trails.  A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Sailing stone on the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Racetrack Playa, an ancient lake now dried and covered with dessicated mud, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table
Racetrack sailing stone and star trails. A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter.
Image ID: 27671  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Sailing stone on the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter.
Image ID: 27689  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Racetrack Playa, an ancient lake now dried and covered with dessicated mud.
Image ID: 25263  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Sunrise on Medano Beach, on the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Add To Light Table
Sunrise on Medano Beach, on the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Image ID: 28948  
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico
Pano dimensions: 4368 x 16027
 
A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa.  The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud.  The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Sailing stone on the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table Salt polygons.  After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table
A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter.
Image ID: 25239  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Sailing stone on the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter.
Image ID: 27691  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Salt polygons. After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes.
Image ID: 25242  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Racetrack Playa, an ancient lake now dried and covered with dessicated mud, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Sunset over the Racetrack Playa. The Cottonwood Mountains rise above the flat, dry, ancient lake bed, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Salt polygons. After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table
Racetrack Playa, an ancient lake now dried and covered with dessicated mud.
Image ID: 25264  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Sunset over the Racetrack Playa. The Cottonwood Mountains rise above the flat, dry, ancient lake bed.
Image ID: 25265  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Salt polygons. After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes.
Image ID: 27631  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Racetrack sailing stone and Milky Way, at night. A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Racetrack sailing stone and star trails.  A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Hardened mud playa and sand dunes, dawn, Mesquite dunes, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table
Racetrack sailing stone and Milky Way, at night. A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter.
Image ID: 27640  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Racetrack sailing stone and star trails. A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter.
Image ID: 27667  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Hardened mud playa and sand dunes, dawn, Mesquite dunes.
Image ID: 28679  
Location: Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Surf fisherman on Medano Beach at sunrise, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Add To Light Table Lonely road, Death Valley, Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Salt polygons.  After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table
Surf fisherman on Medano Beach at sunrise, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Image ID: 28953  
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico
 
Lonely road, Death Valley.
Image ID: 25252  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Salt polygons. After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes.
Image ID: 25254  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
A river of salt flows across Death Valley, toward the lowest point in the United States at Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table West Side Road cuts across the Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Salt polygons.  After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table
A river of salt flows across Death Valley, toward the lowest point in the United States at Badwater.
Image ID: 25260  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
West Side Road cuts across the Badwater Basin.
Image ID: 25261  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Salt polygons. After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes.
Image ID: 25262  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Salt polygons.  After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Hardened mud playa and sand dunes, dawn, Mesquite dunes, Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table Sunrise on the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table
Salt polygons. After winter flooding, the salt on the Badwater Basin playa dries into geometric polygonal shapes.
Image ID: 25259  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Hardened mud playa and sand dunes, dawn, Mesquite dunes.
Image ID: 28678  
Location: Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Sunrise on the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter.
Image ID: 27701  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa.  The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud.  The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table Racetrack sailing stone and star trails.  A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table The Grandstand, standing above dried mud flats, on the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, Death Valley National Park, California Add To Light Table
A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter.
Image ID: 25243  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Racetrack sailing stone and star trails. A sliding rock of the Racetrack Playa. The sliding rocks, or sailing stones, move across the mud flats of the Racetrack Playa, leaving trails behind in the mud. The explanation for their movement is not known with certainty, but many believe wind pushes the rocks over wet and perhaps icy mud in winter.
Image ID: 27668  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
The Grandstand, standing above dried mud flats, on the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley.
Image ID: 25318  
Location: Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Erosion in the salt patterns of Badwater Playa, Death Valley National Park Add To Light Table Erosion in the salt patterns of Badwater Playa, Death Valley National Park Add To Light Table Erosion in the salt patterns of Badwater Playa, Death Valley National Park Add To Light Table
Erosion in the salt patterns of Badwater Playa, Death Valley National Park.
Image ID: 30472  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Erosion in the salt patterns of Badwater Playa, Death Valley National Park.
Image ID: 30473  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Erosion in the salt patterns of Badwater Playa, Death Valley National Park.
Image ID: 30474  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Erosion in the salt patterns of Badwater Playa, Death Valley National Park Add To Light Table Sunrise on Medano Beach, on the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Add To Light Table
Erosion in the salt patterns of Badwater Playa, Death Valley National Park.
Image ID: 30475  
Location: Badwater, Death Valley National Park, California, USA
 
Sunrise on Medano Beach, on the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Image ID: 28955  
Location: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico
 


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