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If I am perfectly honest (and this is entirely speculative) I lean towards something extra dimensional that, when observed here, appears to be borne of some sort of weather effect.
Originally posted by Skeptico
Crop circles are a beautiful phenomena with plenty of logical explanations of their existence.
There are indeed unfinished crop circles, they just aren't usually photographed. In prior instances, land-owners were very aware of crop circles being created on their property and have even been known to take part in them themselves. (I suppose that's what happens when boredom reaches its peak in the middle of nowhere.)
Almost every crop circle is in a field near an accessible road. Either aliens like people watching, or picking a field with easy access is more convenient for people who devote hours to creating elaborate patterns by which accessibility would be important.
The majority of crop circles are done at night, as it's easy for hoaxers to not draw attention. There's an uptick of crop circles on nights with a full moon, Very rarely are crop circles designed to create straight or curvy lines, as circles are the easiest for hoaxers to create in an open field.
This webpage explains a lot of the alleged crop circle phenomena fairly well.
Crop circles have never been recorded being made (except, of course, for those created by hoaxers). This is a very suspicious trait; after all, if mysterious earthly forces are at work, there's no reason to think that they wouldn't happen when cameras are recording. The same thing is true with other explanations including alien spacecraft; the only things ever caught on camera making the circles are hoaxers.
Crop circles are beautiful, and regardless of their origin (and creators) those who create them certainly have an eye for intricacy.
Those who think all crop circles are made by a couple of drunken blokes with board and rope should try just drawing one of the more complicated patterns.