Two crop circles, each about 14 meters (42 feet) in diameter, were discovered in a wheat field in Rocanville, Saskatchewan, Canada, on September 4, 1996. Investigators noted the field lies near a potash mine, though there was no indication whether or not this was significant.
According to Daniel Clairmont of Saskatchewan MUFON, who photographed, surveyed and sampled the formations, the plant stalks were bent close to the ground, not broken or damaged, and neatly woven together in a very impressive spiral pattern. The ground beneath the flattened crops was not disturbed and no other evidence of hoaxing was found.
Reports of the discovery were carried on local Saskatchewan radio (CBC) and in several local newspapers, including the Leader Post and the Mooseman Spectator, both in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Clairmont was quoted as saying that these were the best Canadian crop circles he had ever seen, and even the news reporters in Regina were said to be impressed.
Samples taken from the formations were sent to Dr. W. Levengood in Michigan for lab analysis. Levengood has previously analysed samples taken from a large number of crop formations in Great Britain and the United States.
1996 has been a particularly impressive year for crop circles, especially in southern England where more than 90 percent of the world's crop circle reports originate.
Speaking at a recent UFO conference, noted crop circle researcher Colin Andrews stated that if the most complex crop formations seen in England this year can be proven to be of human making, "then we can pack our bags and go home, and I won't be talking on this subject next year." However, Andrews says he is confident that at least some of this year's formations cannot possibly be of human making.
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