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SNOW BUSINESS - 13/04/2002

Dutch researchers JANET OSSEBAARD and BERT JANSSEN throw some more light on the recent snow formations…


Very interesting, that ghost formation in snow! We are not so sure, however, that it can simply be explained away like it's done in Swirled News.

We had a similar event in Hoeven (the Netherlands) in 1996. There was a fascinating difference though: the snow MELTED on the exact place where the formation had been the summer before. In other words, it was an opposite event. In the case of the Winchester formation, the snow did NOT melt, whereas in our country, the snow did.

We wouldn't be surprised if this side-phenomenon is directly related to that of the ghost formations that appear in new crop, up to three years after the appearance of the original crop formation. Those fields are harvested and ploughed, new crop is sowed, there is no trace of the original formation whatsoever, and yet the ghost of the formation can very well be seen in the new crop. (See photos of Barbury Castle 1999 and 2000).

Nobody knows for sure what causes this to happen. The soil seems to have altered, in some cases it seems more fertile, in some cases less. At this moment, these soil changes are being examined scientifically by the BLT Research Team in co-operation with some universities.

We wouldn't be surprised if it turns out that the crystalline structure of the soil inside the crop formation has changed dramatically, due to the energies involved at the time of impact. Still, this is just our feeling about it and at this moment in time, mere speculation... Time will tell - BLT has not yet finished its research. Let's wait for that to happen before we explain away things.

We realise it can still be a natural phenomenon, but the question then might be: who exactly uses these natural forces to create? It's definitely an intelligence, as Bert has demonstrated in his ‘Crop Circles - Geometry and Reconstructions’, focusing on the hidden message of the construction lines.

Furthermore, it was clearly proven scientifically by W C Levengood and Eltjo Haselhoff that this intelligence is not human, at least not in the sense of human mechanical activity ('plankers'). The conclusion one can deduct from all this is a simple question: which intelligence uses our natural forces as a tool in order to create?

A relatively simple effect of all of the above might be the condition of the snow during winter time: either it melts away or it refuses to melt away when the rest of the field does. Again, we would like to suggest that we wait before we explain things away, until we have all the data to do this wisely.

[Photos: The 'Barbury growth' was shot in 2000 and shows the normal (control) stems of the new crop and the 'ghost crop' shot inside the ghost formation: these ghost stems were 15-20cm taller and darker green than the controls.]


JANET OSSEBAARD AND BERT JANSSEN


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SWIRLED NEWS REPLIES:
We have since heard that Brian Trebble, an observer from the Wiltshire Crop Circle Study group, examined the same formation we featured (being the remains of an emblem at Lane End Down, Hampshire) and reported that snow was indeed caught in the stubbled remains of the original pattern, which was our given likely explanation for the phenomenon. (His photos appear in the latest issue of ‘The Spiral’.)

That said, we accept that there may also be other factors involved and other causes at different times, and Bert and Janet’s observations and thoughts are very valid – Ed.

Barbury Castle 1999
Barbury Castle 1999
Same formation seen from hill
Same formation seen from hill
'Ghost' growth a year later
'Ghost' growth a year later
Stem length comparisons - 'ghost' stems are longer (All photos: BERT JANSSEN & JANET OSSEBAARD)
Stem length comparisons - 'ghost' stems are longer (All photos: BERT JANSSEN & JANET OSSEBAARD)

 

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