The news media have long portrayed the crop circle
phenomenon as either real or a man made hoax. There is usually very
little discussion of any other possibilities. However, if you take a
careful look at the evidence, you'll see that for as long as the
phenomenon has existed, it has been accompanied by "just plain weird"
side-effects. In the early days of crop circles, UFOs and flying discs
were seen in and around newly-formed crop circles. This was the case in
the Tully saucer nests of Australia in the late and 1960's and early
'70's. This type of association goes back for the last hundred years in
the United States as is documented by Terry Wilson's excellent The Secret History of Crop Circles.
Another phenomena historically associated with crop circles are balls
of light and other luminal anomalies. In a few cases, balls of light
were seen just before crop circles appeared. Sometimes, the balls of
light are seen after a crop formation is created as is the case in the
video taken by Steve Alexander of the Milk Hill formation in 1990.
recently, crop circles have been connected with camera and battery
failure. Typically, people report that the cameras stop working or
malfunction around crop circles. Batteries have been know to drain
almost instantly. Most importantly, these electronic mishaps happen in
man made formations. It is almost reminiscent of the type of things
that are reported to happen to cars, such as engines stalling, that are
near UFOs. How can such activity be explained?
Since we've had
reports of such strange electrical occurrences for several decades and
that such happenings are now well-documented, we should treat them as
real. To explain theses electronic anomalies we should take a look at
similar types of properties in the current scientific literature. Some
processes and materials that also create battery failure and other
unusual properties include superconductivity, liquid crystals, and
Superconductivity has been known to create battery
failure as a result of tunnelling quasiparticles that are created as a
by product of Cooper pairing electrons. These quasiparticles can tunnel
through materials and go off into random directions sometimes causing
short circuits. Perhaps crop circles are exhibiting some sort of
high-temperature superconductivity whereby the wheat or other plant
materials cease to act like insulators and instead become conductors of
Another possibility is that the large-scale
arrangement of the wheat stalks allows the formation as whole to act
like big crystal collecting or channeling energy in new or unexpected
ways. Perhaps the sunlight is getting converted into another frequency.
Along these lines, it's possible that the organization of all those
plant stalks in a large pattern might create what is know as a
metamaterial: ordinary materials with novel properties. These hybrid
materials, engineered to be active at a nanoscale but exhibit unusual
properties detectable by our senses, are capable bending light or
creating room-temperature, unusual electric activity like graphene.
the ultimate explanation for crop circles' weird effects, we're likely
to be puzzled by these strange phenomena for a long time.
Simeon Hein is the author of OPENING MINDS: A Journey of Extraordinary
Encounters, Crop Circles, and Resonance and PLANETARY INTELLIGENCE: 101
Easy Steps to Energy, Well-Being, and Natural Insight. You can join him
and other experts every summer for yearly crop circle and sacred site
tours in England. His website is Crop Circle Tours. His blog, Crystal Blue Mind, contains more information and interviews about this subject.