A gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India.

What is the Secret Behind Gravity Hills?

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Featured image: A gravity hill located near Leh in Ladakh, India. The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill. Source: CC BY NC SA 2.0

By Wu Mingren


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Although the "secret" is not revealed, the answer seems to be it's all an optical illusion.
That's fine, so why all the mock spookiness over something that can be proved with a spirit level on a long piece of wood?

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