by Dr. David Castelluccio

The world-wide appearance of crop circles (large, complex geometrical imprints of flattened vegetation in farm fields) is usually explained as the handiwork of creative pranksters. 'Not true,' says Dutch scientist Dr. Eltjo H. Haselhoff, Ph.D., former employee of Los Alamos National Laboratories. 'Crop circles are tremendously underestima-
ted in their complexity, because their true nature is unknown to the public.' 'Obviously, there are people trying to imitate the real thing, but the suggestion that all of these crop formations are made by men with simple flattening tools is by far insufficient to explain the well-documented observations, like unambigous and consistent biophysical anomalies in the flattened plants, inside the circles,' according to Dr. Haselhoff.

Along with the increasing number of reported crop formations (about ten thousand world wide since the late seventies), there is also a growing number of eyewitnesses who claim to have seen crop circles appear in just a few seconds. Some of these people say that bright, fluorescent balls of light hovered above the fields at the time the circles were formed. One of these persons, after he allegedly witnessed such a ball of light create a 30 feet circle in a Dutch wheat field, contacted Dr. Haselhoff a year ago.

'Such a story sounds unbelievable, of course,' Dr. Haselhoff admits, 'but after some straightforward research to the circle it was discovered that the wheat stems had increased in diameter, as an effect of intensive heating, with an astonishing circular symmetry.' 'Moreover,' says Dr. Haselhoff, 'this effect perfectly matched the radiation pattern of an electromagnetic point source at a height of four meters and ten centimeters above that field. Unbelievable as it may seem to the layman, this is rock-hard physical evidence that these eyewitnesses speak the truth!'

Dr. Haselhoff employed the same analysis to other crop circles that appeared in England and in the USA, and obtained identical results, revealing the characteristics of an electromagnetic point source - a "ball of light" - hidden in the plant stems. However, the analysis failed dramatically on the measurements he took earlier in a man-made formation, created in Dreischor, Holland, in 1997. He submitted his findings to the international, peer-reviewed scientific journal 'Physiologia Plantarum', which accepted the article for publication (Phys. Plant. 111, volume 1, pp. 124, November 2000).

'This has important consequences,' says Dr. Haselhoff. 'The hypotheses that these balls of light are involved in the creation of crop circles is now no longer just a hypothesis, but a scientifically accepted fact, until someone proofs the opposite.

Moreover, it promotes all further discussions about this to a scientific level.' Dr. Haselhoff's findings are in perfect agreement with the opinion of the American researchers Burke, Levengood and Talbott, who suggested earlier in two other scientific articles that the plant alterations in crop circles may be described to electromagnetic effects. 'Not one of these clearly anomalous plant alterations had been mentioned - much less explained - by the proponents of the vandal theory, nor can they be accounted for by the supposed methods employed to create crop formations through claims made by the self-described vandals,' according to the American researchers.

'I am not performing rocket-science or esoteric experi-
ments, but trivial experimental physics,' says Dr. Haselhoff, 'and the results are crystal-clear: something very strange is going on. No-one can deny this. Anyone who claims the opposite, clearly does not know what he is talking about, whereas I consider it the duty of each scientist to figure out what on earth is going on here.' More on

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