In 2004 the BLT (John Burke, Wm.C. Levengood, Nancy Talbott) Research Team posted the most comprehensive scientific study carried out to-date on a single crop circle, a 191-foot long, 7-circle formation in thistle-invested barley in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Although the field was planted in barley, it was also infested with Canadian thistle, a tough & very prickly plant which is extremely difficult to flatten:
In spite of this the 7 circles were found to be intricately flattened, with a narrow counter-clockwise band around the perimeter of each circle which was underneath a radially-laid second layer, topped off with a totally chaotic third layer on top:
With financial support from Laurance Rockefeller we were able to carry out a thorough examination of the plants, as well as testing of the surface soils for the presence of magnetic spheres and an x-ray diffraction analysis of specific heat-sensitive clay minerals in these surface soils. The results were as strong as any we have seen.
The plants showed massive node elongation and presence of multiple expulsion cavities and the magnetic spheres were also present. Most stunning was the discovery of an increase in the crystalline structure of the clay minerals in the surface soils, a change previously known by geologists to occur only in sedimentary rock–never in surface soils before.
During the study neither I nor any of the four BLT scientific consultants involved in this study were aware that another highly anomalous situation was related to this crop formation–that there were at least 4 eyewitnesses to UFOs over the study field shortly before the crop circle was discovered. The TV show “Unsolved Mysteries” did, in fact, document these sightings and we’ve now posted an edited version of that show at the beginning of our “XRD Clay Mineral Study” Report, just below the diagram of the Edmonton, Alberta crop circle: http://www.bltresearch.com/xrd.php.