Can sands boom?

Can sands boom?Yes. Loud booming sounds occur in deserts when sand dunes are disturbed and sand slips down the steep faces of the dunes. Such roaring sounds have been compared with the noise of aircraft engines starting up.

At night, sounds like pistol shots may frighten travelers. They occur when desert rocks crack and split. The cracking of rocks is caused by intense heating during the day, followed by rapid cooling after dark.

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