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3-Billion-Year-Old Klerksdorp Spheres Found in Ottosdal, South Africa.

Scientists agree that the 3-billion-year-old Klerksdorp spheres found near Ottosdal, South Africa were naturally formed.

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Miners and rockhounds working in a mine near Ottosdal, South Africa have collected mysterious metal spheres from pyrophyllite deposits. Known as Klerksdorp spheres, these are small, spherical or disc-shaped, and range from dark reddish brown to dusky red in color. The spheres range from 0.5 to 10 centimeters in size, with three even latitudinal grooves around them. What is strange about the discovery is that although most of the remarkable samples of these spheres appear to be manufactured, they have, in fact, been dated to 3 billion years ago.

Miners working in pyrophyllite mines have been digging up metal spheres known as Klerksdorp spheres in a small town of Ottosdal, South Africa.

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Extremist groups believe that these spheres are artifacts from ancient civilizations; however, geologists explain that Klerksdorp spheres are actually concretions formed from the natural process of the precipitation of volcanic sediments, ash, or both. Even the latitudinal ridges and grooves exhibited by Klerksdorp spheres are also natural. The same characteristics are also observed in the Navajo Sandstone of southern Utah known as ‘Moqui marbles’, the carbonate concretions found in Schoharie County, New York, and in concretions found in Australia.

False claims were also made but later on disproved after close examination of the spheres. One claim said that testing by NASA found that the spheres were ‘perfectly balanced’ while another stated that the spheres were manufactured from a metal ‘harder than steel.’

Examples of the typical ‘Button Rock’ or calcareous concretions which exhibit equatorial grooves found in Schoharie County, New York.

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Moqui Marbles, hematite concretions, from the Navajo Sandstone of southeast Utah. Scalecube with ‘W’ is one centimeter square.

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The Moeraki Boulders found in New Zealand is another example of a spherical concretion formed from ancient sea floor sediments.

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Specimens of the Klerksdorp spheres are housed in Klerksdorp Museum in Klerksdorp, a city about 70 kilometers away from Ottosdal. The discovery of the spheres is another addition to the many breathtaking wonders of the world.

H/T: Wikipedia, NCSE

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27 Sad Photos That Show How Badly We’ve Destroyed Nature

These images will show you how much hurt we’ve done against nature.

“A picture,” as the old adage goes, “paints a thousand words.” Sometimes though, those words are really, really sad.

The pictures compiled below send exactly that message – not everything captured by cameras are beautiful and eye-pleasing. Beyond making you feel bad, these photos evoke feelings of urgency. After all, it shows us just how much we, human beings, have badly damaged our own world. It’s absolutely alarming to behold and yet it’s necessary to somehow awaken our senses. If we don’t move and do something about it, it’s a safe bet that things can only go downhill from here.

Hopefully we all do our part in helping nature heal before it’s too late. Scroll down and check out the following images to see what we mean:

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Family Discovers Gold Coins Worth $1 Million from 300-Year-Old Spanish Shipwreck

After nearly 300 years, treasure hunters recovered more than $1 million in gold from famous and historical shipwreck in Florida.

A family of treasure hunters is living our childhood fantasies about hidden treasures and embarking on a wild adventure. After nearly 300 years, more than $1 million worth of gold artifacts were found off the coast of Florida. Treasure hunter Brent Brisben of Queens Jewels said the the gold was discovered on June 17 about 4.5 meters in the Atlantic Ocean off Fort Pierce.

When Eric Schmitt's metal detector got a hit about 4.5 meters below the ocean's surface, he almost ignored it. Usually, the metal detectors only detects beer cans and lead fishing weights. But this time it was totally different. The family of treasure hunters from Sanford struck gold, and a lot of it.

The state of Florida is entitled to up to 20% of the treasures and the rest is split between Queens Jewels and the the Schmitt family, the treasure hunters who discovered it. According to Brisben, the artifacts date from a 1715 maritime tragedy.

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Heroic Police Officer Saves Suicidal Man Who Jumped From a Four-Storey Building

Using his own body, a police officer cushioned the fall of a man who jumped from a four-storey building.

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A policeman from China was hailed a hero after risking his life to save a suicide jumper.

A man believed to have taken hallucinogenic drugs threatened to jump from the top of a four-storey building. Officers who arrived at the scene tried to persuade the suicidal man not to jump but this didn’t seem to convince the man.

To ensure the safety of the man, the officers laid out a cushion on the pavement below.

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