Romania’s strange “living” stones grow up to two inches every 1,000 years

Looks like something from an alien farm on another planet.

But the “live” rocks in Romania known as “trovants” are actually from this land – they form naturally from geological processes.

Starting as pebbles and growing by about two inches per millennium, the floating stones are unique mineral structures that mimic plant and mammal life.

The strange bulging stones seem to grow in the same way as plant tissue and generate new stones just like the animal.

The Trovant stones are unique mineral structures that mimic plant and mammal life, starting as pebbles and growing about two inches per millennium

These stones - consisting mainly of a solid stone core, surrounded by sand that forms the shell - grow slowly in the presence of rainwater.  The minerals in rainwater form an internal reaction that builds internal pressure, which causes rocks to grow and form

These stones – consisting mainly of a solid stone core, surrounded by sand that forms the shell – grow slowly in the presence of rainwater. The minerals in rainwater form an internal reaction that builds internal pressure, which causes rocks to grow and form

What are sweeping stones?

Trovant stones are rock formations of unusual and irregular shapes. Over time they get bigger and change their shape due to natural geological processes.

These stones – consisting mainly of a solid stone core, surrounded by sand that forms the shell – grow slowly in the presence of rainwater.

The minerals in rainwater form an internal reaction that builds internal pressure, which causes rocks to grow and form.

The trovant stones were found in a small Romanian village called Costeşti, about 50 miles west of the capital, Bucharest.

They look like blown bubbles made of rock and vary greatly in size, some spanning several feet in diameter, others small enough to fit in the palm of a hand.

‘The hackers from Romania have very different ages,’ Dr Mircea Teclianu of the Geological Institute of Romania told MailOnline.

Trovants don’t simply appear from the ground; They are found in sand masses of different geological ages that reach natural outcrops or in sand quarries.

Trovants is a synonym for the German term “Sandsteinkonkretionen”, which means “cement sand”.

Dr. Teclinu said the word “trovant” was first used in geological literature from Romania.

Visitors to the Costeşti site can walk on a large variety of spherical and elliptical stones, which grow slowly over time in the presence of rainwater.

Visitors to the site can walk on a large variety of spherical and elliptical stones, which grow slowly over time in the presence of rainwater.

Visitors to the site can walk on a large variety of spherical and elliptical stones, which grow slowly over time in the presence of rainwater.

Trovants is a synonym for the German term

Trovants is a synonym for the German term “Sandsteinkonkretionen”, which means “cement sand”.

It consists mainly of a solid, stony core surrounded by sands that make up the crust.

The minerals in the rainwater form an internal reaction that increases the pressure inside, causing the rocks to grow and multiply.

Much like the rings that make up the circumference of trees, the spurs reveal layers when cut through, each representing a growth period.

Although they are not alive in the scientific sense, locals and tourists alike have called them “alive” because of the way they seem to change with time.

Costeşti isn’t the only place where trovant stones are found; A study co-authored by Dr. Teclinu describes them across the Carpathian region of Romania.

Although not alive in the scientific sense, they have been described as being by locals and tourists alike

Although they are not alive in the scientific sense, locals and tourists alike have described them as “living” because of the way they grow and change over time.

Famous in this era are those in Costeti (Oltenia).  Their diameters are large.  in the counter range.  They are spherical, elliptical, but many have double, complex shapes

The famous ones in this era are those in Costeşti (Oltenia). Their diameters are large. in the counter range. They are spherical, elliptical, but many have double, complex shapes

However, those of Costeşti are well known and have large diameters. They are spherical and ovate in shape, but many have double, complex shapes.

One feature of Costeşti trovants is the presence of numerous ‘micro-tubercles’ (smaller spherical tubercles) on the surface of the larger ones.

`Beside the large collectibles, there are many small objects that are imperfect, but with a clear tendency to spherical,’ says the study.

“All these outcrops are set in yellow, fine, medium or coarse sands which also contain fine gravel.”

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