There are many theories about who or what makes the crop circles. Theories include whirlwinds, earth energies, UFO’s and human hoaxers walking on planks. Regardless of their origin I find them fascinating and beautiful. Their geometry and patterns are exquisite, especially when you consider the intricacy of the mathematics and the enormous scale of the work (done in the dark!!).
Crop circles are geometric patterns that appear mysteriously in crop fields. Research indicates the crop is not cut or broken, but is usually bent and laid flat in swirls. Most patterns occur in cereal crops, usually wheat and barley, and appear to have been formed during the night.
Many crop formations are complex geometric structures and aren’t random patterns at all. The crop circle below is a graphical representation of the number Pi. You probably remember using Pi at school when calculating the circumference of a circle, it is an irrational number and is approximately 3.14159
There has been some interesting scientific work conducted into the geometry of the crop circle designs and shapes which suggest they are not meaningless or accidental, but actually depict complex ideas, numbers or shapes such as the Creation Numbers (3, 6, 9). People have connected some of the crop circle symbols to subjects as diverse as star constellations, DNA, quantum physics, alchemy, and spirituality. The crop circle below is a geometric pattern known as the Flower of Life pattern which is an important symbol in many cultures.
The Cube of Metatron crop circle (below) and the Tree of Life or Flower of Life crop circle pattern (above) are derived from the sacred geometry of platonic solids which are patterns found throughout nature.
Some researchers are investigating Cymatics to investigate whether the crop circles are formed into naturally occuring geometric shapes due to vibration. The picture below shows a water droplet containing a small colloidal particle. The water is then vibrated and various geometric patterns occur which have been recognised in some crop circle formations.
Regardless of their origin or what is responsible for their formation in the dead of night, I’m sure you’ll agree these images and creations are wonderous and fascinating. The search continues…
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