reply to post by amitheone
I don't think that wind can roll any rock and leave its tracks, even in soggy ground under a dry surface.
From what I have seen on the beach (where it is common to have strong North winds) the first thing that happens with stronger winds is that the sand
is taken away from the surface (and usually ends on the backs of the people that are on the beach, with the result that most people have to stand up
or leave the beach
) but it does not make anything (except objects with a low weight and large surfaces like plastic bags and parasols) besides the
sand itself move from their places.
It would probably could happen in a place with a denser atmosphere (to make higher energy winds) and a lower gravity (to make things move easier,
although the inertia would be the same).
When I said that I could not see any indications of soggy ground I was thinking that on an area like that (the central peak of a crater) there would
be some signs of soggy ground in the rest of the image, having soggy ground on the top of a mountain and not on the lower areas is an even stranger
thing than a rolling rock.
I think that the most probable reason for the movement of those rocks is seismic activity, moving a 23 metres rock would need a very strong wind.
 [PICTURE MISSING] Lunar Orbiter V photographed an area in the Vitello crater (south of Mare Humorum at 30.61° S latitude, 37.57° W
longitude) on August 17, 1967. The enlarged portion of that high-resolution telephoto picture reveals two large "rolling stones," whose paths are
clearly visible. The larger one near the center of the picture is about 23 meters across and has rolled or bounced some 274 meters. The smaller rock
is 4.6 meters across and has traveled 365 meters. Numerous boulder tracks in Orbiter pictures have told scientists much about the soil mechanics of
the lunar surface, its cohesiveness and bearing strength, and the possibility of quakes as one cause of rock movement on the
From what I have seen, extremely fine and dry dust, like Portland cement, behaves almost in the same way as mud.
And on that page you posted about the dust storms on the Moon they are talking about electrostatic dust storms, not wind storms.
To show better what I mean, here are some images.
Vitello crater with a yellow rectangle showing more or less the area of the higher resolution
Central peak of Vitello crater from the higher resolution photo with a yellow rectangle marking the are where the "rolling rocks"
Area with the famous "rolling rocks"
As I have said in a previous discussion about these rocks, I don't think that the rock moved up-hill (if it really moved up-hill) more than it would
be normal because of the energy it gathered during the first part of its movement, down-hill. One of the reasons I think that it was a common
down-hill movement is because there are more rocks that rolled from the area more to the top of the image.
They are visible in the following image, a little higher and more to the right than the other two
Here is a version with all the tracks highlighted.
PS: sorry about the time it took for me to answer, but Imageshack did not wanted to work.