Crop formation, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire

Crop formation, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire

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Credit: DAVID PARKER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Aerial view of a crop formation near Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, England. Crop formations are patterns of flattened plants in crops such as wheat or barley. They started appearing frequently in the mid-1980s in south-west England. Their cause is unknown. Many theories exist, ranging from science-based physical explanations such as the "plasma vortex" theory based on the phenomenon of electrohydrodynamics (EHD) to suggestions that they are created by alien intelligences. This formation was photographed a few weeks after its appearance, and shows typical signs of damage as a result of people tramping around it.

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Keywords: crop circle, crop formation, environment, land use, wiltshire

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