Case File: Canada Crop Circles
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Date: 1998 to present
Description: The Manuel/Whitman farm is a small farm located in Edmonton, Alberta.
History: The Canadian Crop Circle Research Network is a volunteer organization that investigates reports of crop circles forming in Canada. Two of their cases involve circles found pressed into the thistle and barley on the farm of Rusty Manuel and Thelley Whitman near Edmonton in 1998. The 190-feet-long circles were found by farm hands the same day that the two returned home from the city.
Most circles are created by hoaxers and many skeptics initially believed that the Manuel/Whitman circles were hoaxes. However, these circles were found by the BLT Research Team near Cambridge, Massachusetts to have characteristics that could not be induced by human means. They were especially not with ropes and boards, which is how most crop circles are made. Soil samples within the circle were remarkably different than the soil outside the circle.
Skeptics still are doubtful, and claim that at least 80% of crop circles are created by hoaxsters, which they call "human-land art". However, others are convinced that these crop circles are made from extraterrestrial or supernatural forces. Theories as to what is creating these circles range from geothermal to magnetic forces to some kind of cosmic energy.
Others believe they could be caused by helicopter down-drafts or by UFOs. Shortly before the crop circles appeared on the Manuel/Whitman farm, several witnesses, including a young couple and the farm owners themselves, reported seeing strange lights hovering above the farm. Many are convinced that those mysterious lights are responsible for the crop circles. To this day, crop circles are still forming around Canada, along with the rest of the world, and they are still unexplained.
Investigations: The Candian Crop Circle Research Network examined the Manuel/Whitman crop circles. Characteristics of the barley found in the crop circles suggested to researchers that the circles were not human-made. Soil samples were also examined from the circles. The samples in the circles were found to be much different than those outside of the circles.
Extra Notes: This segment first ran on Unsolved Mysteries in the August 2, 2002 episode.
A similar case is United Kingdom Crop Circles.