Cropcircles on Wieringen

Cropcircles were the mystery of the 80s and 90s. They appeared everywhere in the ripe grain. First only as simple circles, but gradually they became intricate geometric shapes with lengts of hundreds of metres. Scientists and clairvoyants alike were baffled and couldn't give plausible explanations. Were these shapes caused by cosmic or earthbound radiation, miniature tornadoes or even the skidmarks of UFOs?
Disappointment was huge when two British pensioners revealed they had started the hype. They showed how you could construct a mysterious object with simple means and in little time. Eversince it has been very quiet. The number of cropcircle sightings dropped dramatically, although every now and then one is "discovered".

Also on Wieringen!

the photo that started it allIn August 2000 the local newspaper featured an article with the photo you see on the left. A cropcircle had been found on Wieringen! The real mystery of the shown cropcircle was who or what made it, but where it was made. Many wanted to know, but those who knew refused to tell it. The obvious place to look was somewhere in Polder Waard Nieuwland (because of the cornfields and the wide ditches), but the farmers there knew nothing of it. At least they claimed so...

Looking for a circle

It should not surprise anyone that such an article arouses the curiosity. Time to start my own investigation. The reporters of the newspaper assumed the Polder Waard Nieuwland was the place to look. An understandable choice, because ditches and corngrowing are two things that you don't see very much on the old, higher elevations of Wieringen. Still it became clear to me after studying the photo that this couldn't be in PWN. First of all the upper field was fairly narrow, and secondly it didn't border to a ditch, but became a meadow with just some barbed wire between it. Finally, a trip to the PWN could have made it clear to anyone that it was somewhere else: this summer there were no two joining fields of corn seperated by a wide ditch. This meant the cropcirle had to be somewhere else, probably on the boundaries between the higher and the lower lands.

Read on for the conclusion.

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