Concretion: The Enigmatic Stone Spheres of Franz Josef Land

stone-sphere-champ-island-franz-josef-land-concretion (All images (unless specified) by Russell Scott Images)

We’ve previously featured the stone spheres of Costa Rica in our article covering somewhat esoteric world of out-of-place artifacts. This article looks at another collection of mysterious stone balls, this time amid the rugged shores and High Arctic mosses of Champ Island, an icy landmass in┬áRussia’s Franz Josef Land archipelago.


The strange spherical rocks, which range from human-sized boulders to small stones that can be held in one’s hand, have long intrigued visitors to this remote corner of the world.


Similar discoveries in other parts of the world attribute such stones to craftsmen from mythical civilisations long lost to time. Others claim them to be the work of ancient aliens, and that their high precision and enduring existence in a place virtually devoid of human life means they must be the work of an advanced society – a long time ago.


But for all their enigma and seemingly perfect spherical shape (albeit eroded in places), the stone balls of Champ Island are almost certainly the product of concretion, a process by which the the precipitation of mineral cement between the particles in sedimentary rock or soil forms a hard mass – in this case, the intriguing stone spheres.

champ-island-high-arctic-russia (Image: NASA)

Their unusual shapes have led the products of concretion to be described as dinosaur eggs, pseudofossils and other out-of-place artifacts over the years. But the fact that they weren’t manufactured by extraterrestrials, or left behind by an advanced civilisation that has long since vanished from the earth, doesn’t make them any less impressive to behold.

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