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Marfa lights

Feather Wilson

The Marfa lights have long been observed.

These mysterious lights can be seen from a roadside stop along US Hwy 90 a few miles east of Marfa, Texas, only at night. They have been observed long before automobiles.
The lights when viewed with a gyroscope controlled pair of 10 power binoculars appear suddenly within a far distant mountain range and dance along horizontally for brief periods of time.
The lights appear to be brief horizontal hydrocarbon colored fires.
The distant mountain range is a decolloment fold which means it is detached or beheaded from the underlying surface.
The mountain range is primarily composed of silica rich volcanic rocks.
Marfa exists as a far west Texas ranch town in an arid region. The temperature range from daylight to night can be as much as 40 degrees in the semi-desert atmosphere.
This type of temperature change can induce expansion and contraction of the silica rich rocks.
As the rocks rub against each other they create tiny sparks just as two pieces of flint. Flint is nothing more than SiO2.
The beheaded mountain range overlies a sedimentary basin. Each night and all through the day natural gas is seeping to the surface from the underlying sedimentary basin in minute quantities. As the natural gas comes into contact with the very tiny sparks a flash of fire erupts and dances along a fracture for a brief moment. This is not an unknown geological phenomenon across the surface of the Earth. It also has been observed associated with earthquakes.

Weekly Rainfall = 0.05"
Cumulative Rainfall = -1.67"
Departure From Normal = 0.00"
Tarpley Glen Rose WL= 42.15'
Bandera Hosston WL = 431.42'
Hondo (USGS) Flow = 0.00 cfs
Williams Flow = 0.25 cfs
Medina (USGS) Flow = 11.00 cfs
Medina (USGS) Lake = -88.37'
High (F°)= 65º
Low (F°)= 12º
01-15-14 @ 8:00 am