How Does The Balanced Rock In Buhl Stay Balanced?
The most obvious question you can ask yourself when you look at the Balanced Rock near Buhl is how does it stay balanced. There's an interesting theory that may explain what's up - or what's staying up.
precariously balanced rocks remain in place because fault interaction has weakened earthquake ground shaking near them.
A bunch of scientists in California decided they wanted to know why some balanced rocks near the San Andreas fault aren't knocked down. They released a paper with their findings which surprised even them. Nature World News shared their story.
The scientists say that the precariously balanced rocks remain in place because fault interaction has weakened earthquake ground shaking near them, according to a release.
If you look at this map from the Idaho Museum of Natural History, you'll notice there are some minor faults - those are the red lines - near Balanced Rock that could explain this.
It's only a theory, but makes you wonder if the mystery of this crazy rock might finally be understood.