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Where the Gods play football - amazing Arctic island fit for Champions as World Cup reaches climax

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 July 2018

Giant natural balls in the Franz Josef archipelago that leave scientists flummoxed.

Visitors to this cosmic landscape named the round rocks ‘footballs of the Gods’. Picture: Russian Arctic

The huge stone balls up to two metres in height are found on appropriately-named Champ island above the polar circle. 

Perfectly spherical they are scattered all over this northern uninhabited outpost.

We reveal the latest pictures of this remarkable sight as the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is played 2,842 kilometres to the south in Russian capital Moscow. 

From the time they were first seen, visitors to this cosmic landscape named the round rocks ‘footballs of the Gods’, and at first it is hard to believe that they are natural and not made by man, or possibly giants.

Yet the barren 374 km2 (144 sq miles) island was never inhabited and scientists are sure they are not artificial, even if they cannot agree how they were formed.

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Champ island

The huge stone balls up to two metres in height are found on appropriately-named Champ island above the polar circle. 

Similar but smaller stone balls were found last year on Heiss island in the same archipelago. 

Russian polar researcher Viktor Boyarsky said of the extraordinary phenomenon: 'The spheres are made of soft sand stone.

'You can see that many large balls fell apart into two big halves, and the largest stone on the island is breaking down year by year.'

Konstantin Zaikov, of the Arctic Federal University, said: 'They look man-made, but they are in fact stones that were formed thousands years ago by crystallisation and subsequent magnetisation of grains of sand onto the crystal. 

'Sand grains harden and create a fairly dense spherical shape.'

Strange balls


Strange balls


Strange balls


Strange balls - formation


Strange balls - formation


Strange balls - formation


Flower near the ball


Strange balls


Strange balls


Strange balls


Strange balls

Strange balls inside

We reveal the latest pictures of this remarkable sight as the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is played 2,842 kilometres to the south in Russian capital Moscow.

On Heiss island ‘the spherulites look like round bullets or cannon balls. We found balls of different sizes, but none as big as at Champ island.’

Yet Austrian geologist Sepp Fridhubera claimed the rounded shapes of the rocks were formed underwater and they have an organic core in the centre.

As previous reports have noted every geologist seems to have their own theory. 

Champ island is named after William S. Champ, a representative of American industrialist William Ziegler who funded a number of pioneering 19th century Arctic explorations.

Heiss is a Germanised version of the name Hayes. Isaac Israel Hayes, also American, was an Arctic explorer.

Comments (13)

still no answer as to what these balls are
Russian Man, Russia
13/09/2018 01:15
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Energy balls, at one time.
NORMA SANCHEZ, TEXAS
11/09/2018 09:50
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Even stones formed over the ages could have been started by an organic hand. Pearls would be described as a natural phenomenon of the ocean, if they were only found on the sea bed with no history of shellfish creating them, and we could easily guess incorrectly on the origin. But we know their origin, animals, so we don't blame it on the seas. Just because you don't see the hand create it, it doesn't mean that there was no hand. An organic core with a magnetic nature seems like it should spur more questions than scientists are willing to ask.
Peter, United States
01/09/2018 02:32
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They're called concretions and are not at all uncommon in sandstones, but these very unusual in being so large. As a professional geologist I'd love to have a walk around that area.
Richard Flanders, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
29/08/2018 06:30
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my ball collection looks so small and pathetic after seeing this. nature always wins, cant help it.
Sarianna, Tervamäki
16/08/2018 13:36
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These are natural phenomenon, stunning in their own right. They don't need an explanation of "megalithic structures" or ancient aliens or anything unnatural.
Wyoming person, Wyoming
30/07/2018 06:09
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I have similar looking stone in my property in St Louis-- although on a much smaller scale. Strange round stone with a cross section that is nearly identical to these
Ken Francis, St Louis MO USA
29/07/2018 20:38
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Oh FFS here come the ancient aliens conspiracy theory whack-job crowd!
Willis, Lima Peru
28/07/2018 09:55
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Have they checked the islands for megalithic structures or remains? The first pic is this article has a long shot--the pointed structure looked like a weathered fortress and the one behind it looked like a pyramid with it's top taken off. Some of the rocks didn't look quite right. This area was not always under water so who knows what lies underwater near its shores. The balls remind me of those from Costa Rio and a couple of other megalithic related sites.
Vickey Brickle, Greenville, SC, USA
25/07/2018 03:43
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Similar balls can be found on the South Island of New Zealand.
A. S. Cobb, Richmond, Va.
19/07/2018 06:26
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Diagenesis or erosion or the both ?
Jocelyne, FRANCE
15/07/2018 04:49
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楼上真特么能扯
匈奴, China
14/07/2018 12:38
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是不是我们黄帝发明蹴鞠的灵感来源!:)1=L~~~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~
姚剑申, 巨鹿/中国
13/07/2018 20:20
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