Mysterious Moving Boulders Are Lifted By Storms

Little Angel 2012/05/05 18:11:12
Not a surprise to me....
This is really amazing...
Impossible, couldn't have happened.....
None of the above
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For years, geologists have puzzled over mysterious boulders that litter
the desolate coastline of Ireland's Aran Islands. When nobody is
looking, the massive rocks somehow move on their own.

What unseen hand is capable of ripping a multitude of heavy boulders from the craggy cliffs below and tossing them so far inland?

While some researchers contend that only a tsunami could push these stones, new research in The Journal of Geology finds that plain old ocean waves, with the help of some strong storms, did the job. And the waves are still at it.

The sizes of the boulders in the formations range "from merely
impressive to mind-bogglingly stupendous," writes geoscientist Rónadh
Cox, who led the research with her students from Massachusetts' Williams

One block the team studied weighs an estimated 78 tons, yet was still
cut free from its position 36 feet (10 meters) above sea level and
shoved farther inland.

The team used two methods to nail down waves as the culprit. They
compared modern high-altitude photos of the coastline to a set of
meticulous maps from 1839 that identified the location of the boulders'
ridges — nearly 100 years after the most recent tsunami to hit the
region, which struck in 1755.

The comparison revealed that boulders moved inland over the years, some
at an average rate of nearly 10 feet (3 meters) per decade.

In addition, the team used radiocarbon dating to pinpoint the time when
tiny clams secreted in the boulders' cracks were removed from the
ocean, a parameter that indicates when waves tossed the peculiar rocks on land. Some appeared in the last 60 years.

"There's a tendency to attribute the movement of large objects to
tsunami," Cox said. "We're saying hold the phone. Big boulders are
getting moved by storm waves."


I knew tat severe weather could cause a lot of strange things to occur,

but this surprised me. What do you think of this happening?

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  • Nameless 2012/05/05 18:27:14
    Not a surprise to me....
    This is only miraculous or amazing if one has never really seen the power of the ocean. Those of us who have, are quite aware and not as "amazed."

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  • wtw 2012/05/06 02:06:10
    Not a surprise to me....
    Water is a strong force
  • Arizona1950 2012/05/05 21:03:12
    Not a surprise to me....
    I lived near the beach for about 20 years ... the power of nature is awesome.
  • Cal 2012/05/05 20:06:02
    Not a surprise to me....
    Water is an immensely and underrated powerful force. It might take some time but water always does the job. Just think of the large rocks....they we're put there by water in the first place....glaciers from the ice ages. Fact is water can cut through rock and stone with ease, it just takes some time.

    I'm amazed, but not surprised by this.
  • DeeB 2012/05/05 18:40:32
    Not a surprise to me....
    Very interesting poll Little Angel. Not something I ever thought about before but in reading it does make sense that the ocean waves probably could move the boulders positions. Think about how the sand always gets pulled out after a big wave. The ground is always moving so it doesn't seem so impossble to me.
  • Nameless 2012/05/05 18:27:14
    Not a surprise to me....
    This is only miraculous or amazing if one has never really seen the power of the ocean. Those of us who have, are quite aware and not as "amazed."
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/05/05 18:19:43
    None of the above
    same phenom here in the USA ...in fact out west there is a single mountain that geologically is part of a mountain chain se3veral miles away...they couldn't explain it until someone notice an interesting even....moisture from condensations built up under a beer can and the can slooowly worked across a table....moisture gets under a boulder or even a mountain..and can make it move slowly...so sorry you kooks.. they aren't be moved when no one is looking they are being moved so slowly you can't perceive the motion...better go back to listening to AM Coast to Coast and believe that space aliens are responsible
  • Tank 2012/05/05 18:18:23
    None of the above
  • LADY LIBERTY SILLY WORDSMITH 2012/05/05 18:12:46
    This is really amazing...

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