Stone balls – a mystery of nature

In the late 1930s, workers clearing impenetrable jungle in the delta of the Costa Rican River Dikis under a banana plantation, found in swamp large granite balls. They lay semi-immersed in moss, some were carried by river silt. Balls from the Dikis River Stone balls - a mystery of naturePhotos from open sources The largest reached in diameter 3 meters and weighed about 16 tons. And the smallest were no more baby ball, having only 10 centimeters across. Balls were located singly and in groups of three to fifty pieces, sometimes made up geometric shapes. One group of balls was aligned on a line oriented to magnetic north. Measurements showed that the balls are made very accurately: deviations from the spherical shape make up at the largest of just half a centimeter. Granite surface smoothly sanded. But when, why, and who made the stone balls? Locals claim that the ancient Indians owned the lost now the secret of a special fluid that softens granite, turned it into clay. After that, the Indians seemed to sculpt from “soft granite” balls of any size, and after a while the stone hardened again. Photos from open sources. However, archaeologists do not have legends. believed. At first they suggested that the balls marked places burials. However, during the excavation, no remains were found, weapons, “jewelry. Then there was a version that granite balls served some religious purpose. The method remains a mystery transportation of these balls – from their locations to places the alleged origin of the material for their manufacture dozens kilometers, a significant part of which falls in the swamps and dense thickets of rainforest. Archaeologist Doris Stone graduated your report on exploring Costa Rica’s balls with these words: “We must attribute the perfect spheres of Costa Rica to the incomprehensible megalithic riddles. “In recent years, the story with the balls has taken unexpected turnaround. It turned out that the balls of the correct shape can arise in nature without human intervention, in a natural way. On the in the south of Brazil began to find balls of sandstone. From granite Costa Rican they differ in size (the largest – only half a meter in diameter) and rough finish – the surface is not polished, there are balls of irregular shape and “Siamese twins “- balls fused to the sides. Geologists tried to explain how could they arise. The porous sandstone was flooded with salt by the lake. Oversaturated with minerals slowly seeped into the pores. salt water. Encountering fragments scattered in the thickness of sandstone mineral calcite, this strong solution began to crystallize around them, gluing sand grains into a solid mass. Photos from open sources Photo from open sources Crystallization evenly went to all sides of centers, calcite fragments. So deep in the porous more dense balls appeared in the stone. Time passed, the lake dried up sandstone was on land and began to collapse. Lying in the thickness sandstone balls were stronger than the rest of the rock, so when sandstone collapsed under the influence of rains and winds, the balls remained. It’s clear how the double balls turned out: if the calcite fragments lay too close to each other, growing balls collided, fused together. However, these assumptions do not explain the reasons. the occurrence of granite balls. Although the sandstone balls seem to are of natural origin, granite specimens are clearly worn traces of artificial leveling and grinding. Beyond Central America’s stone balls discovered on the coast in New Zealand in Egypt, Romania, Germany, Brazil, Franz Josef Land and Kashka-Darya region of Kazakhstan. Giant stone balls of unknown origin found in the Ust-Ilim region (Irkutsk region) by the workers of the Zheronsky coal mine. how numerous eyewitnesses tell, in the summer of 2008, when removing the top layer of the earth with an excavator bucket in the wall along the side, as in spherical stones sticking out in an egg cell. When re-cutting land “balls” rolled out one after another. The most amazing thing is that almost all of them were the same size, as if on purpose, carefully calibrated. Photos from open sources Photos from open sources Thousands of giant stone balls lie along the crescent bay of Kasatka on Iturup Island, and at high tide when they rub against each other, a dull evil gnash is heard. Iturup Island is the largest in the Kuril ridge. On its south a dark gray bay rises from the depths of the sea boulder placer, consisting of many rounded blocks and stone balls – gray, brown and black. Cyclopean Tape Width the beach is almost ten meters long – kilometers. On the flanks horseshoe bays are weathered black rocks. Along the whole strip – impassable jungle of bamboo “sasa”, giant grass and prickly rose hips whose red berry is the size of an egg. Balls arctic island of champa Photos from open sources Photos from open sources Photos from open sources Powerful surf Killer whales, joking, as if playing balls, pushes heavy stones out of ice water. Their form is from the egg to the right ball. The average length of the boulder is half a meter, but there are more significant ones. Large balls weigh 600 – 700 kg, and stones more – many tons. They are under the yoke of their enormous weight tightly entered the earth, and no waves can push them. ABOUT the origin of the coastal Kuril balls say different things. Alone consider that these are rounded pieces of rocks. Others claim that they are volcanic bombs. But serious researchers have found out – gigantic balls to volcanoes certainly do not have a relationship. Fiery mountains spewing quickly fading glassy rocks – basalt, andesite, liparite and pumice. And the huge “gloomy” watermelons of Killer Whale Bay – tertiary granite born in the bowels of the earth. Cyclopean beach stones-giants – a miracle of nature, but for the Kuril Islands – is not unique. The coast with boulder hordes can be found in Kunashir, Paramushir and other islands of the Kuril ridge. Stone balls are still a mystery nature. Irina STREKALOVA

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