a crop formation at Cherhill, England was discovered in which some
of the epicenter plants were coated with an iron "glaze," composed
of fused particles of apparent meteoritic origin. This coating consisted
of comingled iron oxides (hematite and magnetite) fused into a heterogeneous
mass, which was actually embedded in some of the plant tissue.
This crop formation formed during the
annual August Perseids meteor shower. Levengood and Burke hypothesize
Meteoric Iron Associated with a Crop Formation") that microscopic
particles of meteoric dust (which are filtering toward earth constantly
as meteors burn upon entering the earth's atmosphere, and which
would be more abundant during an actual meteor shower) were drawn
into the descending plasma system by the strong magnetic fields
known to be associated with plasmas, then heated to a molten state
by the microwaves (also known to be associated with plasma systems)
prior to impact with the earth's surface.
(100 X) of soil from a crop circle showing traces of melted
magnetic material adhering to soil grains.
After this 1993 discovery, regular soil
sampling was instituted at most crop circles sampled by the BLT
Team. Subsequently, tiny 10-40 micron diameter spheres (and/or partially
ablated particles) of unusually pure iron have been regularly found
in soils from crop circle sites. Sometimes clusters of these very
small, perfectly spherical, magnetic particles are found; sometimes
larger spheres (40-50 microns in diameter), which are strongly magnetic,
are discovered adhering to bits of soil covered, or inter-mixed,
with a partially-melted glaze of the same material.
(100 X) of 10-40 micron diameter, spherical, magnetic particles
of the type regularly found in crop circle soils. EDS reveals
these spheres to be pure iron; the fact that they are magnetized
reveals they were formed in a magnetic field.
Most often these highly magnetized spherical
particles are found clustered around (or just outside) the perimeters
of circularly-shaped crop formations, suggesting that centrifugal
force is distributing this material out toward the edges of the
flattened areas. However, we have also examined a few cases in which
the major deposition of the magnetic material has been in the centers
of the flattened circular components.
Most interestingly we have found a few
instances of linear deposition of these
magnetic particles, usually with the particle amounts increasing
as one samples out toward the perimeters of the circles--again suggesting
a rotating force (a spiraling plasma vortex?) as the distribution
The most spectacular instance of this
linear deposition occurred in a multi-circle crop formation on a
farm in Midale, Saskatchewan, Canada in September, 1999.
| Soil samples
from ringed circle (interrupted by roadway) revealed a
linear deposition of magnetic particles along all
(x40) of magnetic spheres and other partially ablated magnetic
pariticles found in 1999 Midale crop circle soil samples.
Sampling of the ringed circle revealed
a linear relationship (R-square = 0.997) between the amounts of
magnetic material deposited in the soils and the sampling distances
from the circle's epicenter—and this result was found in all four
of the sampled radii of the 68 ft.-diameter ringed circle.
of magnetic material in soils inside
ringed circle increases linearly,
from the circle center (left) out to the edge (right) of formation.
This direct relationship of amounts of
magnetic material to sampling location was shown to agree with the
physics of centrifugal forces on particles confined in a rotating
The magnetic particle distribution found
in the control soils—soil samples taken outside the circle
complex—is quite different, revealing an erratic pattern of distribution.
of magnetic material in soils outside the
circle complex is erratic.
In this particular crop formation a chi-squared
analysis conducted on the wheat stem node-lengths in plant samples
from the flattened center circle and also from the standiing ring
showed statistically significant (at the 95% level of confidence)
node lengthening when compared to the controls.