Friday, October 19, 2012

Romanian Trovants - Living Stones























In Romania, at about 35 km from Ramnicu Valcea, going towards Targu Jiu – not far from where the great sculptor Brancusi was born – is located one of the most interesting museum of Romania, The Romanian Trovants Museum Natural Reserve. The exhibits are a collection of some beautifully strange stones, supposed to be formed about 6 million years before in a sand stratification cemented by the limestone waters. Once you have gotten there you are overwhelmed by the multitude of shapes of these stones that seem to be carved by a very skillful and gifted sculptor.  They are called “the living stones” or “the stones that are growing by themselves”. However, despite their best efforts, scientists have failed to come up with a logical explanation why the stones have extensions that remind of roots. If they are cut, their sections have colored rings, just like trees. The museum is known as “Muzeul Trovantilor” and it is a must see for a visitor of Romania. The “curator” of the museum is  KOGAYON ASSOCIATION and they are protected by UNESCO. (LIVING STONES, GROWING STONES)



Cu 6 milioane de ani inaintea nasterii marelui sculptor Constantin Brancusi, natura isi crea, nu departe de locul lui natal, propriile „Domnisoare Pogany”. Li se spune trovanti, dar numele care s-a incetatenit in randul localnicilor este „pietre care cresc”. n apropiere de drumul care leaga Ramnicu Valcea de Targu Jiu, in comuna valceana Costesti, natura a creat unele dintre cele mai surprinzatoare sculpturi de piatra. Forme bizare, milimetrice sau de dimensiunea unui om, continua sa iasa la iveala pe masura ce oamenii exploateaza nisipul din cariera. In jurul balatrucilor sau dorobantilor, cum ii mai numesc localnicii, s-a tesut un adevarat folclor: unii spun ca bolovanii ar avea origini supranaturale, altii ca ar fi marturii ale existentei unor civilizatii extraterestre superioare. Cert e ca nici oamenii de stiinta nu au reusit, pana acum, sa desluseasca in totalitate misterul formarii trovantilor, si tot ce pot face, deocamdata, este sa emita ipoteze pe care sa incerce sa le verifice in laborator. Ei sustin că formatiunile, numite in literatura de specialitate si concretiuni grezoase, ar avea peste 6 milioane de ani vechime si ar fi aparut datorita unor cimentari locale ale nisipului, posibil pe fondul unei activitati seismice. Din Romania si pana in Noua Zeelanda, din Antarctica si pana in Groenlanda, trovantii starnesc uimire si admiratie. Desi sunt usor de recunoscut chiar si de nespecialisti, ei difera mult ca marime, culoare ori consistenta si pot avea forme dintre cele mai diverse, de pilda sfera, disc, cilidru... Interesante sunt pietrele sferice rosii din Parcul National Theodore Roosevelt, situat in Dakota de Nord, SUA, colorate astfel datorita faptului ca au in compozitia lor fier. Desi ating pana la 3 metri diametru, concretiunile de aici pot fi considerate pitice pe langa cele din depresiunea Faiyum, din Egipt, care ajung pana la 9 metri si par a fi cele mai mari din lume. Concretiuni grezoase mai sunt intalnite si in Africa de Sud, China, Australia, Mexic, Argentina, Peru, Rusia, Kazahstan, Spania, Franta sau Cehia. Americanii au trovantii lor in Colorado, Wyoming, California, Arkansas, Montana sau New York.










32 comments:

Siddhartha Joshi said...

great pics!

Amelia & Mihai-Stefan CHIRCA said...

Foarte interesant!

ADRIAN said...

These are stunning.....we have them here buried in chalk cliffs but ours are only about 30cm in diameter.
We call them flints. When cut they look like yours.
Really wonderful.

Dungha said...

Cat de frumos, cand mergem acolo sa pozam o mireasa?

Tina´s PicStory said...

what a wonderful place! great shots! :)

ANRAFERA said...

Fotografías muy bien procesadas, me gusta mucho sus detalles y texturas.
Gran serie. Felicitaciones Wind.
Buen fin de semana y cordial saludo.
Ramón

dmd. said...

..interesant!

Ola said...

maybe this is just a petrified forrest?
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Victor said...

superb! excepţională serie...

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Rocks are one of my favorite things in the world. I can feel the "life" in them through your photographs. Some of them seem to be creatures you would find on the ocean floor. Others look like petrified trees. Absolutely amazing. Thank you for sharing this gift of nature.

Ari said...

Great deals on stones in the ancient past, I was born in Finland, in the country is also something similar, it is called a ball granite.

Traveling Hawk said...

Un loc splendid, sustinut si de muzica din filmulet. Mi-ai daruit ceva frumos azi, Daliana!

Marty said...

what an interessant post Daliana !
wonderful images of these mysterious, amazing stones full of energy I think ! the video shows a
fantastic place to visit !
thank you, love it

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, I love the stones, the stones collection. Beautiful, your photography, and it all fits together.

Windsmoke. said...

Very unusual stones indeed as if carved by the hand of man.

Cindy Ellison said...

These "living stones" are so beautiful and there is such interesting history behind them, how they were formed. Also, such variety in them, too. As always, Wind, your photographs are breath taking beautiful! Clint and I appreciate your visit to our blogs. Hope things are going well with you in Romania ... have a wonderful weekend.

Leovi said...

Very nice pictures, beautiful stones, a really incredible. Greetings.

Fram Actual said...

The immediate question which drifts through my mind is not wondering how they these stones were formed, but trying to imagine what Stone Age mankind thought of them. In a world where science does not exist and explanations for all phenomena emanate from superstition and magic, what were these stones to men? Creations of a god or remnants of tools from a race of giants? Objects to be worshiped or a place to avoid, especially in the darkness of night?

Yes, I wonder most what they were, what they meant, to primitive man.

What I do not have to wonder about is the abstract beauty of these stones and the quality of the photographs which portray that beauty. Superb work, Daliana.

I would love to visit this outdoor museum and to question these stones about what they have witnessed pass by them during their "lifetimes."

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Oh wow! Those are all so interesting. Amazing how nature has carved them over all this time! :)

ANITA said...

What a great post!


I wonder just like Fram do..what has those rocks seen?what was their purpose..and yes..what a wiev in the night!

i think those must be soemthing from the ice age..again..nature is the most wonderfiul thing..it goes its ones special ways..no matter what we do..

thanx for great post beautiful photoes taken by you..

have a great weekend!
anita.

IzzyGumbo said...

These are beautiful! Your photography exceptional... Thank you for sharing, very interesting!

Betty Manousos said...

very interesting wind!
thanks for sharing:)

hope your weekend is going well!

xx

Filip and Kristel said...

A very special article. like it. I will certainly follow your blog. Thanks for visiting.

Greetings,
Filip

Claudiunh said...

Foarte frumos documentar !

Spun cinstit ca eu am 2 bucati micute acasa ! :)

http://claudiunhs-photoblog.blogspot.ro/2011/03/inside-lightbox-5-alabastru-si-trovanti.html

CR said...

Fantastic photos!

cartim said...

Pe langa fotografiile deosebit de sugestive si fenomenul formarii acestor pietre este unul deosebit de interesant...

PhotoLeoGrapher said...

Frumoase fotografii, fotoreportaj în toată regula! ... plus textul care vine ca o completare perfectă!
Frumos blog! Felicitări!

Liviu Bimbea said...

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Dacă doreşti o plimbare virtuală te aştept aici: http://www.noulapullum.blogspot.com
Mulţumesc.

elly weiss said...

Extrem de interesante imaginile si mai ales informatiile. Multumiri!

laura.forestdreams:) said...

beautiful rock formations...and petrified wood(?). LOVE this!!!!

Bitch said...

Trovants are geological phenomena which consist in spherical shapes of cemented sand, appeared due to some powerful seismic activity.

The earthquakes that led to the creation of the first trovants are supposed to have taken place 6 million years ago.

What makes these trovants unique and mysterious is that are reproducing after coming in contact with water.

After heavy raining the stones grow starting with 6-8 millimeters and ending with 6-10 meters.

I was searching over Google about these stones.
You made a remarkable post, dear Daliana!
Your pictures are great, bringing out a mystery atmosphere!!



Chwile... said...

Rewelacja!
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Te wyglądają jak walenie i pąklami.
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Pozdrawiam.