1880 Crop Circle Report - Nature Magazine
In the July 29, 1880 issue of Nature
magazine, a short letter to the editor was published, written by a respected
scientist of the time, spectroscopist J. Rand Capron, describing circular
flattenings in a wheat field in Surrey, England. The description given is very
similar to many other cases of crop circles of the simpler variety, both
current and older, of circular flattened areas with standing centres of stalks
and untouched walls of standing crop around the outside perimeters of the
This case was first discovered by Peter Van
Doorn as a reprint in the January 2000 issue of the Journal of Meteorology.
For anyone who may not have seen this report yet or is interested in a copy of
the original published letter in Nature, CCCRN has obtained a print copy from
the microfilm archives here in the Vancouver library. This is the original
letter in Nature, not the 2000 reprint. The copy also includes the volume
cover page (Volume XXII, May 1880 - October 1880) as there is not a separate
copy of the cover available for that specific issue (July 29, 1880). The
mentioned sketch was not published with the letter unfortunately.
New 'Randomly Downed Areas' Reports
- British Columbia and Ontario
Three new reports of 'randomly downed areas'
(RDAs) from May 25 to June 19 have been added to the RDAs archive in the
Possibly Related Phenomena section on the web site, one in British Columbia
and two in Ontario. The BC one, at Abbotsford, is not far from the area of the
two large corn formations in Mission last year, and the two Ontario reports,
at Caledon East and Cheltenham, are in the same region as similar reports from
the same time last year, which preceded additional 'regular' geometric
formations in the following weeks. As they are not circular or geometric per
se, they are not listed in the main 2003 crop circle report archive, although
some semi-geometric patterns and other interesting characteristics were noted.
While many random patterns are ordinary lodging or weather damage of course,
similar appearing occurrences have sometimes exhibited complex lay patterns
and stretched or ruptured stalk nodes like those often found in the 'regular'
circular or geometric formations, extensively documented by the BLT Research
Team and others.