Living stones, which grow and multiply
• Living Stones that grow and multiply
Amazing stones can be found away from cities in central and southern Romania. Trovant - so call them locals. It turns out that these stones can not only grow, but also to surprise, to multiply.
Basically, these stones are deprived of sharp chips, they have a rounded or streamlined. In these areas, a lot of different boulders, from which not much different these unique stones-Trovant. However, after the rain with Trovant improbable events occur: they grow like mushrooms, growing in size.
For example, a small Trovant that weighs only a few grams, may eventually grow to gigantic proportions and potyazhelet more than a ton. The older the rock, the slower it grows. Young stones grow faster.
The main component of the growing rock-Trovant - a sandstone. In their internal structure they too are unusual: if sawn stone in half, then slice, which is similar to cut a tree, you can see several so-called age-rings, centered around a small solid core.
But nevertheless, geologists are in no hurry to refer Trovant in the category of unexplained phenomena in science, despite their surprising origins. Scientists came to the conclusion that the growing stones, though unusual, but their nature is easy to explain. Geologists believe that Trovant - it's just a long process of cementation of sand that are millions of years occur in the bowels of the earth. And using a strong seismic activity such stones appear on the surface.
Found scientists and explanation of growth Trovant: stones increase in size due to high content of different mineral salts under their shell. When the surface is wet, the chemicals begin to expand and press on the sand, making the stone "is growing."
Reproduction by budding
Nevertheless, there have Trovant one feature that geologists can not explain. Living stones, in addition to that are growing, can also reproduce. It happens this way: after the surface of the stone gets wet, there is a small bulge on it. Over time, it is growing, and when the new weight of the stone becomes large enough, it breaks off from the parent.
The structure at the new Trovant is the same as the other, more old stones. Inside the nucleus is also present, and what is the main mystery for scientists. If the growth of stone somehow can be explained from a scientific point of view, the stone fission process defies any logic. Overall Trovant reproduction process resembles budding, causing some experts to think seriously about the question, whether they are hitherto unknown inorganic form of life.
Locals have more than one hundred years are aware of the unusual properties of Trovant, but special attention they do not pay. Before rising stones were used as building materials. Trovant often can be found in Romanian cemeteries -large stones set as tombstones because of their unusual appearance. Recognized for some Trovant and another fantastic ability. Like the famous creeping stones of Death Valley California reserve, they often move from place to place.
The open air museum
Today Trovant - this is one of those attractions in Central Romania, to take a look which attracts tourists from all over the world. In turn, resourceful Romanians made of small Trovant souvenirs and decorations, but because each guest has the opportunity to bring a piece of stone from a trip miracle. Many owners stones souvenirs argue that memorable products Trovant, when wet, begin to grow, and yet they often arbitrarily moved around the house that produces quite an eerie impression.
The largest concentration of growing stones recorded in the Romanian County (area) Valcea. On its territory there are Trovant all shapes, sizes and colors. Due to the great interest of tourists in 2006 vylchinskimi authorities in the village of Costesti was established only in the country open-air museum Trovant. With an area of 1, 1 hectare. The museum contains the most unusual in mind the growing stones from all around. Those wishing for a small fee can get acquainted with the exposition and purchase small samples as souvenirs.