posted on May, 17 2012 @ 04:16 AM
Here's a case I worked on two years ago and for which I haven't found any definite explanation.
Maybe some fellow members here on ATS could help me to solve it once and for all!
It's about an illustration that appears on a crop-circle related book, written by Andreas Müller, a Deutsch writer:
The book I worked on is written in French and the legend says: "Dozens of circles, at Heide, Dithmarschen, in the Schleswig-Holstein, photographed
in 1959 (Photo: Deutsche Luftbild)
Then, I've done a search about "Andreas Müller" to see if I can contact him and get some more informations about this photo. I succeed and sent him
an email on which he quickly replied:
"the image was published in a book titeled: "Deutschland im Luftbild - Süden, Westen, Norden", edited by Bernd Lohse (but he was seemingly not the
photographer of the image itself). The book was printed in 1959 by the publisher "Umschau Verlag" in Frankfurt.
The photographer in person is not named as the image is copyrighted by the "Deutsche Luftbild". I guess it would be very hard to trace this very
photographer down because the "Deutsche Luftbild" has many, many thousands of aerial photos in stock. Also one must keep in mind that this image must
have been taken long ago, surly before 1959!
I personally also think that finding the photographer would not add much more information onto the possible "crop circles" seen in the background as
they were not his interest while taking the image of the oil refinery. I doubt that he was even aware of them while taking the image.
So all we are left is the image itself with the features in the background, that - at least in my view - show a fascinating resemblance to modern day
crop circles. Of course in face of the lack of close up one can not be completely sure, so the evidential quality of this image should be rated more
as anecdotal than as a water roof evidence for such early crop circles in Schleswig-Holstein.
Some people already suggested the "circles" could be remains of bomb craters from World War II. However, while I now that such locations were targets
for allied bomb attacks, I doubt that such craters would remain visible as "clear cut" as the circles appear in the image after nearly 15 years. One
can clearly see at least a few of the features are very circular, get crossed by the tractor lines and where the standing crop causes a shadow onto
the seemingly flattened. In my view unlikely to be the remains of a WW2-crater - especially because the field were worked on again soon after war. One
would expect the farmer to fill such craters soon after the war to continue his farming, especially as food was very much needed at that time and each
unused part of a field was a loss of food and income. But then again ...without a close-up we can never be sure.
I hope this information was helpful.
Next step for me was to find the related book and to buy it to check what Muller was saying and have a better look at the image itself.
After hours of research, I finally succeed in finding it and bought it.
Unfortunately, there was no more informations about this picture in it, except a short description that can be translated like this:
"At the heart of a fertile region located along the western coast of Holstein, a new industrial area has emerged. The fine mosaic designed by
irrigation ditches crossing this stretch of polders, is interrupted near Heide, a imposing and glittering refinery. Its large oil reservoirs are
dominated by the cracking tower, 83 meters high, which is the heart of the facility.
The refinery receives light oil extracted from 60 wells by drilling towers Heider. Oil tankers docking at Polder Brunsbüttel there unload heavy oil
which is routed directly to the refinery by a pipeline of 31 km long. In 1856, farmers found Dithmarsch first deposits of chalk oleaginous oily. Now,
the rigs have multiplied around Heide. "
So, what's left are some hypothesis that can be summarized as follow:
- WW2 craters traces
- Lodged wheat
- Geologic formation
Lodged wheat don't appears to have circular patterns though:
I tend to believe that it could be some geological feature that have to do with the calcareous subsoil, but I wasn't able to find similar samples yet,
especially with circular patterns.
For those who are interested, I can provide a full hi-res scan of the original photo.
edit on 17-5-2012 by elevenaugust because: (no reason given)