Crop circles, often with very complex patterns have been detected in several countries.
However, it is a well-known fact that these strange designs made in corn fields appear mostly in the United Kingdom.
It is unknown how far back in history crop circles have been observed, but the allegedly earliest recorded crop circle is depicted in this 1647
woodcut and it is called the Mowing-Devil.
This image depicts a strange creature creating a circular design in a field of corn.
The legend suggests that the farmer, disgusted at the wage his mower was demanding for his work, insisted that he would rather have the devil himself perform the
Proponents of the belief that crop circles are either naturally caused, or are formed by as yet unknown entities, often support their viewpoint with this old tale.
It is worth noting, however, that this is little more than a tale - the circular formation supposedly caused by the creature may be coincidental, or
may have been caused by any number of natural or human processes.
Crop circles often have remarkably complex designs, and this fact has made ordinary people as well as scientist question whether all of them can really be
dismissed as hoaxes.
Greg Jefferys, an Australian PhD student at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, has examined several old crop circles using Google Earth's new historical imagery.
The English patterns he studied are from 1945 and earlier and Jefferys believes it is wrong to dismiss them as fakes.
"This discovery proves that claims by various artists to be the sole creators of crop circles are themselves a hoax," Jefferys told The Birmingham Mail.
"It just goes to show that the circles remain unexplained."
Crop circle discovered at Alton Barnes in England in June 2004.
Photo courtesy www.circlemakers.org
"I hope this discovery will stimulate renewed interest in crop circles by serious scientific researchers who have been fooled by the hoax claims."
According to Jefferys it is high-frequency electromagnetic radiation that is responsible for the formation of these strange shapes.
"What is not clear is what generates that energy and organises it into circular patterns," Jefferys told the paper. "This is one of the questions I hope to answer,
at least partially."
Freddy Silva, an expert on crop circles and author of
Secrets in the Fields: The Science and Mysticism of Crop Circles
says that "crop circles are organized harmonic forms of energy comprised of light, sound and magnetism which physically manifest as geometric patterns
when they interact with our physical world. To date, 10,000 crop circles have been reported in 29 countries, and have appeared in mediums such as wheat,
barley, canola, trees, ice, rice paddies, even linseed.
Contrary to popular perception, crop circles are not a modern phenomenon. They were witnessed by policemen and farmers as far back as 1890, they exist
in the centuries-old folklore of South Africa and China, and are mentioned in 17th Century academic texts."
So from a scientific point of view, it would be interesting to examine these strange and mysterious patterns in more detail with the hope that we might
learn more about how they are created.
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