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Singing Sand Dunes Explained

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 02:57 PM

When Marco Polo heard it in China, he suspected evil spirits. When residents of Copiapo, Chile, heard it emanating from a sandy hill, they dubbed the peak El Bramador, for its roars and bellows.

Scientists today call it "singing sand," but they're all referring to the same thing: As sand grains shuffle down the slopes of certain sand dunes, they produce a deep, groaning hum that reverberates for miles.

But how these dunes produce this "music" remains a much debated mystery. Another vexing question is why different dunes sing different tunes—and how can some even sing more than one note at a time?

http://news.national...ence-whistling/

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#2    Ashotep

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:48 PM

That would be something I would like to see or hear rather.


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:09 PM

With the correct placement of various-size windbreaks you can create tunes . My all-time best is White Christmas .


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:40 PM

I bet it's all them Ant Lions humming in unison.


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:20 PM

Dang, that would irritate the hell out of me.
No wonder they wrap their heads in cloths.

Edited by pallidin, 03 November 2012 - 03:22 PM.


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:29 PM

I thought the sand hummed because it didn't know the words?


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:38 PM

...or it could just be evil spirits :passifier:


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:51 PM

this is just as cool as the ringing rocks
http://en.wikipedia....i/Ringing_rocks


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:54 PM

View PostJGirl, on 03 November 2012 - 04:51 PM, said:

this is just as cool as the ringing rocks
http://en.wikipedia....i/Ringing_rocks

I can rest in peace knowing rocks can sing.

Uh, I mean ring.

Edited by Mnemonix, 03 November 2012 - 04:54 PM.


#10    JGirl

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

View PostMnemonix, on 03 November 2012 - 04:54 PM, said:

I can rest in peace knowing rocks can sing.

Uh, I mean ring.
they can move across the ground by themselves too...:P


#11    Ashyne

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:28 PM

I would like to hear the explanation behind the mysterious music at certain lakes in the early morning or evening.


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Posted 03 November 2012 - 10:30 PM

I've heard trees whistle. But then I guess that was the wind blowing through them. lol


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:46 AM

Bet they are humming Klaus Schulze's tune "Frank Herbert".


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:07 AM

Just last week we had a cyclonic depression and winds at 45-60 kmph were blowing, all trees were swaying and when the windows were closed, somewhere through a small hole the winds were comming and making a whispering noise,, wooooooooooiiimmmmmmmmmmmmmm like that, my mom listened it and even i listened it, i then immediately thought of EVPs


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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:40 AM

I don't blame them for thinking the sounds were connected with evil spirits... eerie!!





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