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Spherical With Grooves

The Unseen Enemy
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Mined South African Spheres That Belie History

By James Donahue

Among the many anomalies that defy all established belief systems are the Klerksdorp Spheres, hundreds of small spherical or disk shaped stones that not only appear artificially shaped and polished, but some of them containing carved grooves, that emerged from deep in the mines of South Africa.

What makes the spheres a scientific puzzle is the fact that they were found deep in a Precambrian strata of the earth, which suggests they were made about 2.8 billion years ago. While the pieces might have been made by natural events, scientists, archaeologists and geologists say they cannot explain how fine grooves could have been carved around some of them.

Michael Cremo, author of the book Forbidden Archaeology and writer Richard Hoagland, who maintains an interesting website, both suggest that the spheres were made by intelligent beings . . . either aliens from other worlds who visited Earth, or an early and now extinct race of beings that once lived on the planet.

Then there are the hard-line scientific types, so bound by the imprint of the reality we have been programmed to collectively experience, that anomalies like multi-billion-year-old manufactured objects must be explained away because they don’t belong here.

Thus we have geologists arguing that the strange shaped nuggets came from natural pyrophyllite deposits, without trying to explain how the perfectly lined grooves got in them.

A lengthy essay on the spheres by Mineralogist Paul Heinrich, published in 1996 in response to a televised documentary that mentioned the pieces, identified the spheres as “metamorphic nodules that formed during the alteration of either clay or volcanic ash to pyrophyllite by metamorphism. The goethite spheres are pyrite nodules altered by weathering near the ground surface.”

In other words, Heinrich is arguing they are naturally formed objects that were polished and shaped by weathering, possibly at some distant time in history before they were somehow sucked back deep in beds of rock.

Heinrich deals with the three parallel grooves in what he insisted were one sphere out of hundreds by suggesting that they were carved “innocently just as folk art and later mistakenly thought to have been present when it was found.”

The problem with that argument is that more than one of the spheres has been found with grooves cut in them.

There is yet another piece to this puzzle allegedly discovered by John Hund and NASA scientists after Hund found one of the spheres, noted something strange about its design, and took it to the California Space Institute for close examination.

As the story is told, Hund was playing with the stone on a flat surface and realized it was very well balanced. At the institute it was discovered that the balance “exceeded the limit of their measuring technology.”

Hund is quoted as saying that the stone is balanced “to within one-hundred thousandths of an inch from absolute perfection.”

It is a great story, and seems to support the theory that the spheres are of alien origin. But there is one flaw. NASA apparently has never heard of John Hund or examined such a stone in its lab. Attempts at confirmation have gone unanswered.

Merely examining the pieces in the photographs clearly shows that while they are certainly unusual, and seem to have been the work of an intelligent hand, the spheres are not perfectly made, nor are they balanced to the perfection described in the Hund story.