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'Unfakeable' crop circles
discovered at Conondale

by Cameron Outridge

A set of four intricate crop circles has been discovered at Conondale. Resident Christopher White said he would rate the crop circles about 8 out of 10 on a scale against others discovered around the world.

"Kate (Kate Dash of Montville) has been to England and has studied them for years. She was impressed. They were absolutely perfect,'' Mr White said.

Mr White said the four circles were in a relatively straight line, roughly north to south. All are neat, clockwise swirls. They were discovered in a private paddock on Aherns Road on the way to Crystal Waters on Sunday afternoon March 28 by local boys, Eli Colbran and Tom Braby who were bushwalking at the time.

"You can't imagine anyone faking these because the seed heads would be broken,'' said Mr White. "This grass has still got seed heads on it so it doesn't appear as though it could have been trampled or squashed down. That would have broken off the seed heads. "These strands of grass are bent and beautifully woven. It's like the different types of grasses are literally woven together.

"There were groups of people in England that purposefully went out and faked a group of circles. They did a good job but they still couldn't fake it." Mr White said crop circles were often found above underground water courses. He said many had a very heightened electromagnetic field. People had experienced high pitch noises and warbles, "almost music-like".

Mr White said some residents had reported seeingballs of blue light on the Friday night. Mr White's observations were supported by another resident who has read widely about crop circles, but who wished to remain anonymous.

"The crop circles at Conondale could not be man made. It couldn't be faked. Not without a tremendous amount of technical effort, and the there'd be little point of that in sleepy little Conondale,'' he said.

"The circles, with their centres aligned, are 29 metres centre to centre and the diameters starting from the north 3.5m 8m 2m and 1m. "Very interestingly the circles are aligned but the centres are offset. "This is a feature that is typical of crop circles in that the centre of the circles is not the centre of the swirl, which makes it unfakeable - unless ones wants to rig up an amazing piece of machinery which creates an ellipse as you walk around the field.

"There were other aspects which eliminate man made. The particular field is pasture grass. The property has no cattle on it. It is not being eaten down and what you have is 300 mm tall green grass blades. And the seeds are very ripe. If you even strike one of these seed heads with the side of your hand they shower off. So if you'd used any mechanical means to flatten the grass the seed heads would be knocked off. That was not the case the seed heads were all intact within the circles.

 

"Also the grass was folded down in a twisting motion and none of the stems are broken and that act creates a layering effect. We all attempted to duplicate this process out in the field and you can't even begin to create any similar effect."

"Most crop circles have a pressure swirl in the centre of tightly woven stems interlayered one in a tight circle around the centre. The effect looks rather like a bird's nest and these circles all have that."

Kate Dash said by midday Tuesday the crop circles had been degraded.  "People should not rush out and expect to see the pristine circles. There have been amateur attempts at further circles and the grass is starting to rise." Less intricate crop circles were discovered in a sorghum crop at Glass House last year. These were deemed by experts to have been caused by a natural phenomenon called lodging. "Something certainly happened at Glasshouse but it wasn't anything like this,'' said Ms Dash. "These are beautiful symmetrical circles."

Ms Dash has visited the crop circles in England many times and is happy to provide information to people who were interested. Phone her on 54429470. The Range News will follow up this story next week.

Kate Dash inspects the swirl pattern of one of the circles."The crop circles at Conondale could not be man made. It couldn't be faked. The grass was folded down in a twisting motion and none of the stems are broken and that act creates a layering effect."

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.