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Sliding Milestones @ California, Death Valley

August 26th, 2007 by Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה · 3 Comments

Sailing Stones = WaterFall MilestonesThe sailing stones, also referred to as sliding rocks or moving rocks, are a geological puzzling phenomenon found in California, Death Valley. These rocks, some as heavy as 300 Kilograms, are mysteriously transported across a virtually flat desert plain without human or animal intervention, leaving erratic trails in the hard mud behind them, some hundreds of yards long. They move by some mysterious force, and in the nine decades since we have known about them, no-one has ever seen them in motion.

When I first read about it, I thought it is very much like the notorious (software-management-)waterfall milestones – no one really see them sliding until it was too late and then everybody could stare @ the erratic trails in the mud behind them, some hundreds of yards long…

Tags: Project Management · Software Management

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1  Tony Herrera // Oct 20, 2010 at 10:51 am

    How can I get there from Pasadena CA ?

  • 2  Moti Karmona | מוטי קרמונה // Oct 20, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Hi Tony,

    I didn’t have the pleasure of being there myslef but from what I read, they have been recorded and studied in a number of places around Racetrack Playa, Death Valley

    Coordinates: 36° 40′ 52.68″ N, 117° 33′ 45.72″ W

    You can try to follow the Google map recommendation here.

    Have fun! :)

    — Moti

  • 3  Tony Herrera // Oct 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you Moti

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