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Journal Article
Journal: GSA Bulletin
Published: 01 November 1955
GSA Bulletin (1955) 66 (11): 1329–1350.
...GEORGE M STANLEY Abstract Curious tracks on playas, obviously made by moving stones, have been interpreted as caused by wind blowing stones over wet level clay. The stones weigh from ounces to several hundred pounds. Among hundreds of tracks on Racetrack Playa, Inyo County, California, certain ones...
Journal Article
Journal: GSA Bulletin
Published: 01 December 1976
GSA Bulletin (1976) 87 (12): 1704–1717.
...ROBERT P. SHARP; DWIGHT L. CAREY Abstract Twenty-eight of 30 monitored stones on the southern part of Racetrack Playa moved within a seven-yr interval, leaving distinct tracks. Movements occurred principally during the winters of 1968–1969, 1972–1973, and 1973–1974. Some stones moved in all three...
Journal Article
Journal: AAPG Bulletin
Published: 01 January 1953
AAPG Bulletin (1953) 37 (1): 188.
...Thomas Clements ABSTRACT Since the report by McAllister and Agnew in 1948 of trails left by rocks on the Racetrack Playa, there has been much speculation as to their origin. Those authors attributed the movement of the rocks to the wind. However, since the Racetrack is at a high elevation, where...
Journal Article
Journal: AAPG Bulletin
Published: 01 March 1967
AAPG Bulletin (1967) 51 (3): 482–483.
... and it is doubtful that, even if freezing did occur, the thickness of ice formed would be sufficient to move a 175-pound boulder. Hydraulic action promoted by a drain beneath the fill is suggested as the possible motivating force for the McKittrick scraper. A similar occurrence at the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley...
Journal Article
Journal: Geology
Published: 01 September 1995
Geology (1995) 23 (9): 819–822.
...John B. Reid, Jr; Edward P. Bucklin; Lily Copenagle; Jon Kidder; Sean M. Pack; Pratigya J. Polissar; Michael L. Williams Abstract Sharply angular boulders as large as 320 kg sit on the Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, California; trails leading to them indicate that the rocks have moved large...
Journal Article
Published: 01 September 1952
Journal of Sedimentary Research (1952) 22 (3): 182–186.
...Thomas D. Clements Abstract Controversy regarding the origin of furrows or trails occurring on the surface of the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Monument led to the search for evidence of the same phenomenon on other playas. Such evidence was found on Little Bonnie Claire Playa in Nye...
Journal Article
Published: 01 September 1958
Journal of Sedimentary Research (1958) 28 (3): 333–341.
... end were formed by boulders pushed by floating lake ice. Study of the hydraulics of fluid flow upon spheroidal solids indicates that wind is quite incapable of transporting large rocks like those suggested to have formed the grooves on Racetrack Playa, California. GeoRef, Copyright 2006, American...
Journal Article
Journal: Geology
Published: 01 September 2012
Geology (2012) 40 (9): 851–854.
... with ice, has been invoked to explain sliding or “sailing” boulders on wetted salt flats of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, United States ( Shelton, 1953 ; Reid et al., 1995 ). The boulders we studied, however, are not found on clay-covered salt flats, and there are no apparent tracks, unlike in Death...
Journal Article
Journal: AAPG Bulletin
Published: 01 September 1956
AAPG Bulletin (1956) 40 (9): 2081–2097.
....” The Barrel Spring formation and the undifferentiated upper part of the Eureka group are here physically correlated with the Eureka quartzite at Quartz Springs. At Racetrack Playa, unit 1 of McAllister’s (1952) Eureka quartzite is composed of brown-weathering silty quartzite. This unit is replaced...
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Journal Article
Published: 01 January 2010
Journal of Sedimentary Research (2010) 80 (1): 119–128.
... records intermittent erosion and transport of surficial muds by currents. 2 9 2009 26 1 2009 Unlike linear flumes, a racetrack flume can not be tilted to achieve uniform flow depth. We therefore use a flow lid to ensure uniform flow across the length of the channel. With the flow lid 10...
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Series: Geological Society, London, Special Publications
Published: 01 January 2018
DOI: 10.1144/SP440.6
EISBN: 9781786203809
... shoreline deposition from a past condition of higher lake stand. The lake may be subject to repeated cycles of desiccation and infill, similar to ephemeral, closed basin lake systems such as Racetrack playa in Death Valley, compared previously with Ontario Lacus ( Lorenz et al. 2010 ); the Etosha pan...
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Series: Guidebook
Published: 01 January 1996
DOI: 10.32375/1996-GB73.21
EISBN: 9781732014848
... to 1,100 acres of fully functioning salt marsh habitat. A similar battle is being waged over the fate of portions of the ‘Stretched Wetlands’ in Playa del Rey. The presence of endangered species such as the light-footed clapper rail or the least tern tends to add fuel to the debates surrounding...
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Series: GSA Memoirs
Published: 01 January 2007
DOI: 10.1130/2007.1199(02)
... covered, in part, by playas. Open basins generally are moderately to deeply dissected with axial drainage ways. Within this landscape, erosion and erosional processes are concentrated in the high, steep, and relatively wet uplands, whereas deposition and depositional processes generally are concentrated...
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