Detail of crop formation, Cheesefoot, Hampshire

Detail of crop formation, Cheesefoot, Hampshire

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This image is part of the feature Crop Circles

Credit: DAVID PARKER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Detail of a crop formation at Cheesefoot, Hampshire, 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 unorthodox suggestions that they are created by extraterrestrial intelligences. This detail shows the spiral alignment of stalks surrounding some standing crop, forming a 'ring'.

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

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