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Romania’s Unique Living Stones That Reproduce [VIDEO]

Cemented sand – that’s a strange name for a rock, isn’t it? But that’s what trovants are – spherical...

Cemented sand – that’s a strange name for a rock, isn’t it? But that’s what trovants are – spherical shapes of sand that appeared on earth after powerful seismic activity. In fact, the earthquakes that brought these strange rocks into existence are said to have occurred 6 million years ago. Trovants grow when they come into contact with water. Stones as small as six to eight millimeters end up as large as six to ten meters. Some of them even move on their own. When cut, trovants reveal spherical and ellipsoidal rings, similar to tree trunks.

 Romania’s Unique Living Stones That Reproduce

It is assumed that trovants consist of a stone core, with an outer shell of sand. After a heavy rain, smaller stones form on the larger ones, which is why they are called growing stones. All trovants are believed to be identical to each other, but I’m not sure if this is true.

 Romania’s Unique Living Stones That Reproduce

But this is just a theory; no well-documented research or conclusive experiments have ever been conducted on these miraculous rocks. For now, they remain a popular tourist attraction in Romania. “Muzeul Trovantilator” (Trovants Museum National Reserve) was inaugurated in 2004 and is now protected by UNESCO.

 Romania’s Unique Living Stones That Reproduce

Don’t forget to pay the trovants a visit if you ever happen to visit Romania!

 Romania’s Unique Living Stones That Reproduce

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