I mean, I can see them drifting away a little at a time or something like that, but changing direction every year...that's certainly got me buffaloed!
Photo credit: Tanzania Zalendo
Mountains aren’t supposed to move, but a towering mountain of sand is doing just that, traveling at a pace of 20 meters (66 ft) each year. It’s not just the massive dune that moves, either. According to Tanzania’s former president Jakaya Kikwete, a handful of the mountain’s sand “continued to move” even after he’d transferred it to his car.
Standing 10 meters (33 ft) tall by 100 meters (330 ft) wide, the crescent-shaped mountain of sand changes shape and direction every decade. It once even split in two and traveled in different directions. It’s believed to be the product of a volcanic eruption. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority uses beacons to track and predict the mountain’s movements.
Now, I may be crazy, but moving about 66 feet a year seems almost to be something that a living thing would do, ya know? I can guarantee that if I put some of this and in my car and it started moving...well, then it's good bye car!
Coffee out on the patio this morning. Back in the 70s again . Guess Winter's over for us!