Complex, geometrical patterns began to appear in wheat fields around Britain in the late 70's although reference can be found in books about similar occurrences which at the time were referred to as 'devil rings' or 'fairy rings'. Although their origin has varied opinions even today.
Many people even today believe that everyone on of them is a hoax although no one can explain when very elaborate ones they appear in short spaces of time. If they are all hoaxes then no one would keep the secret as after a few drinks someone would let the preverbal 'cat out of the bag', it's human nature. Even today some people still think they are being made by two men who claimed they made them all, the fact that it is a physical impossibility that they could have done all the ones to date
There are varied beliefs about who or what causes crop circles including plasma balls of light (a form of lighting), UFO's & Aliens, time travelers from the past or future trying to communicate with us. Another popular one is that it is the planet itself creating the patterns giving mankind feedback to what is happening around world. One of the main problems is that many of the more complex circles can in retrospective be made to fit an event.
In 1999 Colin Andrews (a notable crop circle researcher) received funding from Laurence Rockefeller to carry out a two-year investigation into crop circles. Along with his team he concluded that 80% of all crop formations that appeared in England during 1999 and 2000 were unquestionably man-made and instigated by business and media interests.
Although CSICOP questioned Andrew's finding and technqiues the funding from Rockefeller led to the creation of the BLT Research Team whi in 2009 published their finds called
'PLANT ABNORMALITIES INDICATE PLASMA DISCHARGE IN 2009 UK CROP CIRCLES'
One of the most bizarre explanations that we found amusing was from a 2009 BBC news report which reported Lara Giddings (attorney general for the island state of Tasmania), who stated that Australian wallabies had been discovered creating circles in poppy fields after consuming opiate-laden poppies and then running around in circles.
The team looks forward to seeing and reading reports about crop circles hoping that one day that a clearer and more definitive explanation will be found.
We recommend the following site as places to find more!
Crop Circles and More - UK Google Map 2010
A very comprehensive UK based resource together with related information including database of images, ground reports.
BLT Research Team Inc. - Includes USA crop circles
Some modern crop formations are known to have been mechanically-flattened by people, scientific research published by the BLT Research Team in the 1990s has established plant & soil abnormalities which cannot be caused by "pranks with planks".
The BLT Research Team Inc.'s primary focus is crop circle research - the discovery, scientific documentation and evaluation of physical changes induced in plants, soils and other materials at crop circle sites by the energy (or energy system) responsible for creating them.