Some science behind the scenes
A crop circle or crop formation is a pattern created by flattening a crop, usually a cereal. They are found all over the world, Canada has been blessed with a considerable number, and recently so has Germany. They have received considerable publicity in the UK because the number of circles reported is high, the patterns have occasionally been extraordinarily complex and many in the UK are accessible and capable of being photographed from the air by a drone or similar.
The number of crop circles has substantially increased from the 1970s to current times. There has been little scientific study of them and according to one BBC Wiltshire interview of a farmer who has had them on his land since 1990, [BBC Wiltshire shared BBC Points West's live video 12 July at 13:43] ‘no one has ever been caught making them.’ ·
Despite the fact that no one has been caught making them and no one is scientifically researching or investigating them, the skeptic community is more than happy to tell us that they are ‘all a hoax’ – although a hoax of what is never made clear.This massive 780-foot (238 meters) crop circle appeared in 2001 in the remote area of Milk Hill in Wiltshire, England. The elaborate design is composed of 409 circles that form a pattern called a double, or six-sided, triskelion, which is a motif consisting of three interlocking spirals.
Circles in the United Kingdom are not spread randomly across the landscape but appear near roads, areas of medium to dense population and cultural heritage monuments, such as Stonehenge or Avebury.
Many crop circles have been found near ancient sites such as Stonehenge, [the prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire]. They have also been found near mounds of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves, also known as tumuli barrows, or barrows and chalk horses, or trenches dug and filled with rubble made from brighter material than the natural bedrock, often chalk. There has also been speculation that crop circles have a relation to ley lines. In other words they relate to sacred geography where it is still apparent.
In 1991, two hoaxers, Bower and Chorley, took credit for having created many circles throughout England after one of their circles was described by a circle investigator as impossible to be made by human hand.
Which presumably means they didn’t make them, as it says - they are hoaxers taking credit for something they couldn't have made.
Formations are usually created overnight, although some are reported to have appeared during the day. And we have one observation where there were eye witnesses of one being made - and no humans were involved.
In July 1996, one of the world's most complex and spectacular crop circles appeared in England, across a highway from the mysterious and world-famous Stonehenge monument in the Wiltshire countryside. It was astonishing fractal pattern called a Julia Set, and while some simple or rough circles might be explained away as the result of a strange weather phenomenon, this one unmistakably demonstrated intelligence. The only question was whether that intelligence was terrestrial or extra-terrestrial.
Making the design all the more mysterious, it was claimed that the circle appeared in less than an hour and during the daytime — which, if true, would be virtually impossible for hoaxers to accomplish. The circle became one of the most famous and important crop circles in history.
Even where humans claim to be the makers, as our observation shows, they openly admit to being 'channelled' - directed by a superior force, or as we might also put it they become possessed, in order to make them.
- Thirty incredible phots of crop circles - from the weather channel
- Colin Andrews - the Julia Set story
- Jeremy Northcote. "Spatial distribution of England's crop circles" (PDF). Geography Online (online journal, without ISSN).
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- Crop Circles - a Beautiful Enigma
- Eye witness to the formation of a crop circle opposite Stonehenge - October 15, 2009
- Father and son crop circle-making team reveal the secrets
- Moore P. ‘That Wiltshire Crater’ Letter to the editor New Scientist 8 August 1963
- The Human Butterfly - Biggest Crop Circle Ever
- Triple Julia Set Crop Circle Switzerland 8th July 2010