Wonderful Mysterious Cart Tracks of Malta

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There are different theories about how these tracks were created. Some scholars believe that the tracks were formed by carts or sledges carrying heavy cargo across the island, such as stones from quarries or megalithic blocks in order to build temples.
The heavy wooden wheels or sleds would have leave furrows on the top soil. Over time, the furrows would be deeper and deeper until they scrape the limestone floor. When the area was abandoned, standing rainwater in the furrows started decomposing the limestone creating tracks in the bedrock. Other theories maintain that the cart-ruts were used as irrigation channels for the distribution of water from springs up to the agricultural terraces, although this is unlikely as parallel tracks would serve no purpose in irrigation.
One of the most complicated networks of cart-ruts is found at “Misrah Ghar il-Kbir” near the Dingli Cliffs. The site was nicknamed as "Clapham Junction" by an Englishman named David Trump because it reminded him of the busy railway station by the same name in London. The cart-ruts seem to be present everywhere and run in all different direction, covering an area of about 8 hectares or more. Some of these tracks actually run towards ancient quarries, supporting the theory that cart ruts were formed by rock carrying sleds.

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Sources: WikipediaAngelfireSaeti

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