Song of the Desert

| July 20, 2006

Stories of sand dunes that emit sounds and even pure tones date back to at least Marco Polo. A research group has actually located such dunes and recorded the sounds (note: the top two pictures on the page don’t have working links; try the rest). Their explanation: self-synchronizing particles of sand within the dunes.

Hat tip to The Anomalist. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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