In Photos: Mysterious Crop Circles

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In Photos: Mysterious Crop Circles

Remy Melina, LiveScience Staff Writer
Relatively Recent Phenomenon
Relatively Recent Phenomenon
Credit: winjohn | sxc.hu
Crop circles first began cropping up in the 1970s, sparking claims that they were created by extraterrestrials. Although two men came forward in 1991 and said that they had created the patterns as a UFO hoax, they didn’t take responsibility for all of the crop circles, leading some people to believe that perhaps something paranormal is also responsible for the strange spheres. While scientists know paranormal forces have nothing to do with crop circles, the patterns are intriguing, with some scientists trying to figure out exactly how they are made.
Castle Crop Circle
Castle Crop Circle
Credit: Travelmax | Dreamstime
Here, an intricate crop circle that appeared in front of the Torrechiara Castle in Parma, Italy, during the summer of 2009.
View from Within
View from Within
Credit: qr5 | sxc.hu
Baffled bystanders explore a crop circle found in the agricultural community of Hensall in Ontario, Canada. The circle appeared in 2003, and no other crop circles have occurred in the area since.
Triskelion Disk
Triskelion DiskCredit: Handy Marks | public domainThis massive 780-foot (238 meters) crop circle appeared in 2001 in the remote area of Milk Hill in Wiltshire, England. The elaborate design is composed of 409 circles that form a pattern called a double, or six-sided, triskelion, which is a motif consisting of three interlocking spirals.
Crop Circle in Germany
Crop Circle in Germany
Credit: Klaus Leidorf
An aerial view of a crop circle near Starnberg in southern Bavaria, Germany, taken on Aug. 9, 2006.
Sutton Bank Crop Circle
Sutton Bank Crop Circle
Credit: Ash Balderson
A crop circle located near the hills of Sutton Bank in North Yorkshire, England. This aerial shot was taken on July 9, 2010, and the photographer, Ash Balderson, told LiveScience that the pattern was made over the weekend of July 3 and 4, 2010. The view is from the top of Sutton Bank, looking back down into the valley.
Wheels Within Wheels
Wheels Within Wheels
Credit: Ash Balderson
The crop circle of Sutton Bank in North Yorkshire, England, seen from a different angle.
Golden Globes
Golden Globes
Credit: Jabberocky | public domain
People inspect crop circles within a golden wheat field in Switzerland. The photo was taken on July 29, 2007.
Corn Flower
Corn Flower
This blossom-shaped crop circle appeared in June 2008 in Diessenhofen, Switzerland.
Triskelion Crop Circle

Triskelion Crop Circle

Credit: Thomas J. Sutter, Jr. | public domain

Another triskelion crop circle. The symbol can be used to represent cycles, progress or competition.

 For the Birds
For the Birds
Credit: public domain
This design of three flying birds was created on Aug. 3, 2003, in the county of Wiltshire in southern England. The birds, which resemble swallows, have ever-diminishing circles trailing behind their wing tips.
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