The mysterious living stones of Romania: They grow and move

Situated in Romania, there is something quite astounding, at the very least: Stones that are able to grow and move! Known as ‘trovants’, the mysterious stones have perplexed researchers ever since the finding.  And, no one can explain how these stones grow, and more importantly, how they even move!

Although most people know Romania as the country of Dracula, and some even believe in the bloodthirsty vampires and other imaginary creatures, this country is also the home of Living Stones, one of the most mysterious things worldwide.

The mysterious living stones are able to grow from a couple of millimeters, to up to ten meters.  Situated near the small Romanian village called Costesti, we find enigmatic objects known as ‘trovants’.

Trovants means cemented sand, and the term itself was first introduced by the Romanian naturalist Gh. M. Murgoci in his work “The Tertiary in Oltenia”.  The “Muzeul Trovantilor” or “Trovants Museum Natural Reserve was entrusted to protect the geological objects.

Interestingly, new stones rise from the ground after every rain, so the locals refer to them as “The Stones that Grow.”

The mysterious ‘living stones’ spring to life after coming into contact with water after heavy rain.

However, they are not only able to grow; researchers have found that they are able to move from one place to another, too.

Stones that grow and… move?

While experts have yet to explain  this is possible,  WhenOnEarth tells us that “…any form of water rich in calcium carbonate is essential in forming a Trovant, and that is also the key to make the rock grow’ in the presence of rainwater. After every heavy rain shower, Trovants absorb the rain’s minerals. The minerals are combined with the chemicals already present in the stone that later creates a reaction and pressure inside. The pressure spontaneously makes the rock grow from the center to its margins and multiply, with a deposition rate of about 4-5 cm in 1000 years.”

Some of the possible explanations for these unusual movements are explanations like alien intervention, energy vortexes in the region, and weird magnetism.

When the scientists cut the stones in half they found something quite interesting.  Namely, the “living stones” are made up of mineral salts and cemented sand, and they even have strange rings which reveal their age.   This led many experts to refer to the enigmatic stones as  ‘inorganic form of life.

According to many authors,  these stones appeared with edgeless and smooth shapes.  Nodular, spherical, and cylindrical: they develop different and inconsistent shapes, since they multiply and grow due to uneven cement secretion.

Last but not least, it is worth mentioning that similar stones can be found in Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Russia, and other places.