It’s barely visible from the road, but a crop circle that appeared in a field off Old Gray Station Road is unmistakable from above.
What created the circular pattern in the hayfield is unknown, but a long-time crop circle researcher in Massachusetts hopes to be able to look at samples she’s requested from the man who photographed it and said she might be able to determine if the circle was produced by an energy force or if it’s man-made.
“I asked them to take some samples for me,” said Nancy Talbott, one of the three founders of BLT Research Team, Inc., a crop circle research group. “We haven’t had a lot of background with hay (but) I can usually tell by a few (plant) examples if the circle is real.” BLT stands for the last names of the three who created the research company: John Burke, William Levengood and Talbott. Burke, a New York businessman and Talbott, a music producer with some research background, helped gather the data that Levengood, a biophysicist, used to make findings about the mysterious circles.
The location is the exact field where a crop circle was found two years ago around the same time of year. Talbott said it’s possible the energy that creates non-man-made crop circles is drawn to certain earth features such as limestone under the soil or a nearby water supply. Crop circles found in Europe are often located in areas where there are chalk deposits underground.
Talbott said research has shown a crop circle that is not man-made exhibits changes to the plants inside the circle when compared to the same type of plants outside the circle but from the same field. Talbott began investigating and researching crop circles about 25 years ago when she read an article about them appearing in fields in Europe, she said in a phone interview this week.
“Our interest was to find out what sort of energy might be responsible for causing these. I organized field teams around the world because they were starting to be reported around the world. We discovered changes that occurred regardless of what country they were in, the same basic changes were found consistently in sample plants from inside the circle compared to control samples from outside the circle,” Talbott said.
Researchers determined the plants inside the crop circles were exposed to “very brief bursts of intense radiation; — microseconds — and we believe it’s microwave radiation,” she said. According to Talbott, the radiation “turns the moisture inside the plant stems into steam and the steam then expands.”
That expansion, and the build up of steam, “blows a hole in the lower stem nodes,” which are tougher material. In the top nodes of the plant, which are more pliable, the stem stretches and often bends, Talbott said.
The research results indicate that when the findings show the plant node changes, “it’s not mechanical pressure,” that caused the circle, Talbott said. “It wasn't something that landed there.”
BLT’s research goes much further to explain the burst of energy as well as changes in the soil that include magnetic materials only visible under a microscope and changes to seed from seed crops where circles have been found.
Talbott said there have been numerous misrepresentations about crop circles and what creates them, but documented and published research is available to debunk the myths.
“If aliens exist — and how could there not be life forms out there? — some of them may come here periodically. The idea that the media has kept on pushing, which is so harmful, is if there are alien creatures, is they are war-like like we are. There’s an assumption that lifeforms from somewhere else would be like us,” Talbott said “Some may be, some may not be. It could be the plasma (energy) is being directed toward the surface of the earth just to get our attention, like a calling card. It doesn’t have to be a threatening, hostile aggressive (act).”