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Still Waters

Singing Sand Dunes Explained

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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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Ashotep

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

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sergeantflynn

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

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King Fluffs

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

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pallidin

Dang, that would irritate the hell out of me.

No wonder they wrap their heads in cloths.

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lsra

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

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Mnemonix

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

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Mnemonix

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.

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JGirl

I can rest in peace knowing rocks can sing.

Uh, I mean ring.

they can move across the ground by themselves too...:P

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Ashyne

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

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Hawkin

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

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Sundew

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

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K.Ravi

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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Invader Ebony

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

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MidKn13ght

Are you sure its not all the dune beatles with gas???

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