Sand Origin

Esentai river in Almaty city

Random Sand Fact

Ever heard sand sing?

In the Altyn-Emel Reserve in Kazakhstan, sand does sing! A deep, low-pitched rumble echoes across the desert, creating a symphony of nature.

Legends and sagas have sprung up around these sounds, weaving tales of desert spirits, imaginary creatures, and hidden treasures. For long, the mystic humming, found in about 35 locations worldwide, left scientists scratching their heads. But today, we know the music comes from the vibrations of dry sand grains tumbling down the dunes. The tune depends on slope, grain size, and shape.

Discover the singing dunes and hear the whispers of the desert for yourself! Next time you find yourself in a sandy desert, listen closely—you might just catch the desert’s concert. Enjoy!

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