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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:21 PM

 

This is also not a bowling ball that someone lost in this rock formation,

this is Dr. Weil inspecting the Eye of Kannon, an almost perfect sphere formed by the actions of water and the surrounding rocks...

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ALB00014/Amazing-Stone-on-the-Coast-of-Japan-Dr-Weil.html

Amazing Stone on the Coast of Japan

In early May of 2010, I spent several wonderful days along the coast of the Izu Peninsula, about 90 miles southwest of Tokyo. The highlight was the "Eye of Kannon," one of the most extraordinary natural wonders I have ever seen. It is a near-perfect natural sphere, created over centuries by waves dashing it within a hollow in the tidal rocks.

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Reply This is also not a bowling ball that someone lost in this rock formation, (Original post)
2on2u Jan 2013 OP
Go Vols Jan 2013 #1
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #2
2on2u Jan 2013 #3
Shrike47 Jan 2013 #4
HiPointDem Jan 2013 #9
TreasonousBastard Jan 2013 #5
GreenStormCloud Jan 2013 #7
bhikkhu Jan 2013 #10
GreenStormCloud Jan 2013 #12
bhikkhu Jan 2013 #13
GreenStormCloud Jan 2013 #14
Coyotl Jan 2013 #16
malaise Jan 2013 #6
Curmudgeoness Jan 2013 #8
OldDem2012 Jan 2013 #11
NV Whino Jan 2013 #15
Scuba Feb 2013 #17

Response to 2on2u (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:28 PM

1. very cool

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Response to 2on2u (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:37 PM

2. Now what are they going to do with it?

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:40 PM

3. Surely they will cut it up and see if there is anything inside they can use.... I say leave it

 

where it is until it does what it is going to do, wear down to nothing or last forever. We should wait and see... apparently it has been known about for quite some time and no one has seen fit to remove or destroy it, perhaps a different culture over there.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:42 PM

4. Leave it alone, I hope.

But people being people, alas, I fear for it.

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Response to Shrike47 (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:09 PM

9. that kind if vandalism is passingly rare in japan. and it was passingly rare in the states when i

 

was young.

so it's not really about 'people being people' i think.

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Response to 2on2u (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:50 PM

5. It is a bowling ball left by a prankster. These, however...

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:58 PM

7. Your stone spheres were sculpted by human hands. N/T

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:13 PM

10. Not likely:

http://www.edinburghgeolsoc.org/edingeologist/z_24_04.html

I remember reading about them many years ago as "mysterious artifacts" of some lost civilization. Then at some point in the 70's (I think) National Geographic ran a really good article explaining the geologic processes that went into their formation. I've read other confirmations since then...including one that showed how the giant Olmec carved heads were carved using these natural round stones as working stock.

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:23 PM

12. You posted this link:

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #12)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:57 PM

13. No I didn't - but I see what you mean

I posted this link: http://www.edinburghgeolsoc.org/edingeologist/z_24_04.html

This is a better link: http://www.world-mysteries.com/sar_12.htm

...which goes on to explain why the ones in Costa Rica are considered distinct from those occuring naturally elsewhere in Mesoamerica. As they all seem to be of similar basalt (essentially volcanic in origin), I think Occam's Razor might be usefully applied...but then again, better minds seem to have reserved judgement.

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #13)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:08 PM

14. Sorry. Got you confused with the other guy.

However, notice the last sentence of your link: What is uncommon about the stones of Central America is the near perfection of their spherical form. Perhaps the master stonemasons of that unknown culture first credited with making them, simply honed to perfection the spheres they liked best?

Even your link does not credit them with being completely natural.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:31 PM

16. There are more of these at the Primary School of Liberal Thought

in Misantla, Vera Cruz, Mexico. Some are not spheres.

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Response to 2on2u (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 07:55 PM

6. Can't copy

I tried

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Response to 2on2u (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:05 PM

8. Proof that Fred Flintstone did exist

and was a bowler. Pretty interesting.

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Response to 2on2u (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 08:21 PM

11. Just for fun, take a look at this.....

The Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts

QUOTE:

There is a great deal of archeological (sic) evidence that the history of life on earth might be far different than what current geological and anthropological texts tell us.


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Response to 2on2u (Original post)

Thu Jan 31, 2013, 09:25 PM

15. Bowling ball Beach, California

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-bowling-ball-beach

None of these photos show the basalt chutes in the cliff face. It appears that the cliff erodes around the chutes, the chutes break off and the ocean does the rest. Ansel Adams has a very famous photo of this beach. The bowling balls can only be seen at low ride, and it's really difficult to find. The locals keep removing signs.

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Response to 2on2u (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:31 AM

17. Very cool, hope it doesn't end up on Donald Trump's coffee table.

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