The Klerksdorp (Grooved) Spheres

The Klerksdorp spheres (also called the Grooved Spheres) have been cited by alternative researchers and writers, in popular articles and on the web, as inexplicable out-of-place artifacts that could be the product of intelligent design. [1] Mainstream geologists, however, beg to differ, believing the round or disk-shaped objects and their grooves to be the result of natural processes, the spheres originating as concretions which formed in three billion year old volcanic sediment, ash or both.

An analysis of the .5 to 10 centimeter (.2 to 4 inch) objects, dark reddish-brown, red, dusky red or brassy metallic in color, reveal them to be composed of either hematite, wollastonite, goethite or pyrite. The grooves are a product of the formation process itself. The material the concretion forms in is less hard than the concretion, and so when the less hard material erodes away, all that’s left is an impression. (Carbonate concretions found in Schoharie County, New York, and iron oxide concretions [Moqui Marbles] found in southern Utah also exhibit similar latitudinal ridges and grooves.)

Sometimes people see what they want to see and believe what they want to believe, and sometimes what they see and believe as per the Klerksdorp spheres, the Meister footprint, the Coso artifact etc., can be illusory:

Claims that the spheres are perfectly round are false. (They are both round and grooved but not perfectly.)

Claims that the spheres consist of metals which do not occur naturally in nature are false. (The composition of the spheres is listed above.)

Claims that the spheres in the Klerksdorp museum rotate by themselves are false the result of a misquote from Roelf Marx a former museum curator. (The rotation is apparently caused by earth tremors generated by underground blasting courtesy of the local gold mining industry.)

Claims that NASA found the spheres to be perfectly balanced, unnatural or puzzling are unsubstantiated (confirmed by inquiry).

Claims that the spheres are harder than steel are false. (There is no data in any formal published scientific paper to substantiate the claims of alternative researchers that the spheres are abnormally hard.)

[1] The term out-of-place artifact (OOPArt) was coined by Scottish American zoologist and cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson to describe an object that seemingly doesn’t belong in the time or place with which it is connected.

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