The Mystery of the Trovants, “Living Stones” in Romania (Solved)

The Mystery of the Trovants, “Living Stones” in Romania (Solved)

In Romania there are a large number of stones that literally grow by themselves. The stones are real and known as Trovants.(Living Stones)

(Living Stones)

A series of stones with strange shapes, and with characteristics that are latent, to the witnesses of the passage of time, until it rains. Not long after the last drops of water fall, they begin a process of multiplication.(Living Stones)

And Romania, known for being the homeland of Count Dracula, territory of vampires and other creatures that Hollywood has made famous, also presents in its territory stones that have a curious property.

The site in question is the Muzeul Trovantilor, or Museum of Trovants, declared a monument by UNESCO and is located in the Romanian village of Costeti, 8 kilometers from Horezu. The contents of this museum are quite peculiar: stones, simple stones … or not so simple.(Living Stones)

Locals call them Trovants or “growing stones,” because that’s exactly what they do. They remain impassive over time … until it rains. When this happens, before the last drops of water have fallen, protuberances appear on the surface, which grow to the naked eye, giving them an appearance of living beings that surprises everyone who sees them for the first time. But no, it is not magic or that the stones come alive … everything is due to a curious phenomenon caused by the very composition of these stones.(Living Stones)

The Trovants are formed by cemented sand. This sand comes from a sedimentation basin formed six million years ago in this site, as a consequence of the successive sedimentation of detritus transported by the rivers. In addition to these sediments, excess carbonates have accumulated, whose effect, together with the fact that the upper layers of sedimented sand press the lower layers, causes the water to be eliminated through the voids of the sand particles.(Living Stones)

Cover photo: The statue of the king dacio.
A sculpture 40 meters high, (the highest rock sculpture in Europe). It is located on the rocky shore of the Danube near the town of Orşova, Romania.(Living Stones)

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