How do some rocks without any legs, arms, muscles or brains ”walk”? What is the wisdom behind traveling rocks?

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November 4, 2012 by Abdullah Mohammad

Walking is an ordinary everyday activity . That is why it is not surprising to see a bird , a man or a cat walking since they are all living beings. However, something so ordinary for living organisms is quite extraordinary when it is seen in nonliving things.

A miracle has been taking place in California’s Death Valley National Park . Rocks that weigh up to a 100 pounds “walk”, sometimes traveling more than a hundred yards leaving straight , twisted , or zigzagged trails behind them in one or more directions.



The “walking rocks” phenomenon has confounded the scientific community . Scientists have puzzled over the rocks at the valley for a century.

In 2010, researchers at NASA started investigating the area.  Sensors  were placed on  the flat area at depths of three-quarters to four inches deep. The units registered that the top layer of the soil froze in March , and it was wet up to three inches deep in April. According to this data, the team drew some conclusions .

In March, the snow on the surrounding mountains flows into the valley as a thin layer of water and produces a circle of ice . In April , when a second layer of water flows into the valley, this ” ice collar” under the rocks act as a boat on which the rocks float.

The ice collars are as hard as glass , therefore they leave a trail on the surface of the valley , but when they melt and disappear , only the rocks and their trails are seen afterwards.

Because there is no rain or earthquakes in this part of the valley , it eliminates the possible effects of these occurrences .

Another early suggestion was that the rocks were driven by gravity . However, this theory was also discounted when it was revealed that most of the rocks are actually traveling uphill.

Walking rocks is not an ordinary event witnessed everywhere. It is observed in only one area on Earth as a proof of Allah‘s perfect creation. Allah is the owner and Creator of the living and the non -living . He sometimes reminds us of this fact by creating extraordinary occurrences like the one on Death Valley. He also creates the causes like the physical conditions such as rain , wind, etc. to form the unexpected result. Both the cause and the result is his doing.

A Qur’anic verse points to this fact explaining how non-living rocks move with the awe of Allah :

Then your hearts became hardened after that, being like stones or even harder. For indeed, there are stones from which rivers burst forth, and there are some of them that split open and water comes out, and there are some of them that fall down for fear of Allah. And Allah is not unaware of what you do. ( Surat al-Baqara, 74)

Even more fascinating than this is the movement of giant mountains and massive continents , which weigh millions of tons. They all move with Allah’s permission. This information that we have learned of only relatively recently,  was stated in the Quran with 1,400 years ago in this verse:

And if there was any  Qur’an by which the mountains would be removed or the Earth would be broken apart or the dead would be made to speak, [it would be this Qur’an], but to Allah belongs the affair entirely. Then have those who believed not accepted that had Allah willed, He would have guided the people, all of them? And those who disbelieve do not cease to be struck, for what they have done, by calamity – or it will descend near their home – until there comes the promise of Allah . Indeed, Allah does not fail in [His] promise ( Surah Ra’d , 31).


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