Divine Café at the White
Horse Cherhill in Wiltshire:
the Wiltshire Phenomenon:
Each summer, the
Wiltshire countryside close to
is host to a strange phenomenon. Swirls of flattened
corn, or 'crop circles', litter the landscape like fingerprints from above.
The county of Wiltshire is one of the most active areas for crop circles in the
world, particularly around the historical stones of
Avebury and Silbury Hill.
In this ancient landscape, the grassy whorls take over the fields of rape,
barley and wheat like massive installation art.
Crop circles are geometric circles impressed in crops and other types of
vegetation and sometimes in sand, gravel, earth, ice and snow. In Wiltshire,
widely recognized as the centre of crop activity in the world, they are usually
found in fields of standing corn. Of the 175 recorded in England in 2000, 70
were found within a 15 mile radius of Avebury. In
2001, there were 184 crop formations recorded worldwide, of which 102 were in
The circles range from small to large, to gigantic. The smallest circle recorded
as part of a formation was six inches in diameter and the longest formation
nearly a mile long. The biggest so far, consisting of 409 circles of various
sizes and measuring 787ft in diameter, was found at Milk Hill in Wiltshire in
the summer of 2001.
Why is Wiltshire so prone to this mysterious phenomenon? Some have suggested it
is because of the county's history of human occupation. Wiltshire is littered
with monuments, ancient pathways, burial grounds and stone circles.
Others suggest that crop circles are merely performance art on a massive scale,
while tourists continue to come from faraway in a bid to catch sight of one
being made, perhaps by visitors from another planet.
Whatever the reason, these phenomenon are sure to keep the curious enthralled
for many crop circle seasons to come.
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