During the summer of 1991 interest in the crop circles in England reached a fever pitch. Newspapers were awash with photos of new formations and articles about this strange phenomenon. Fascinated members of the public converged on parts of Wiltshire where the circles were appearing and farmers often charged money for access to their cropfields.
Crop circle found at Barbury Castle in Wiltshire, England.
Giving the subject a certain legitimacy was scientist Dr. Terence Meaden, meteorologist and author, who had proposed that an elusive natural phenomenon, the Plasma Vortex, was causing these mysterious patterns in the crops. To prove his theory he set up an observation project with a team of Japanese scientists on a hilltop between Calne and Devizes where a watch was carried out using radar and other scientific devices. Nevertheless, the agency that caused the crop circles continued to evade detection and, despite the appearance of some circles in the fields below, nothing definite was established.
During the previous year the phenomenon had progressed from simple circles in the corn to highly elaborate shapes called pictograms which embodied both circles and rectilinear elements. Although most investigators (myself included) saw clear evidence of intelligent design, Dr. Meaden continued to insist that his plasma vortex was the answer, even suggesting that one could explode like some physical mechanism scattering cogwheels and springs, causing straight lines and possible key-shapes to result. Other researchers would cautiously allow that some unknown intelligence was at work, but at the start of 1991 there were few who seriously believed that the crop circles were all man-made. Read the rest of this entry »