strange 'crop circles' appearing in japan are the result of 1973 experiment
 

strange 'crop circles' appearing in japan are the result of 1973 experiment

a forestry experiment started nearly 50 years ago has produced peculiar crop circles in the miyazaki prefecture of southern japan. aerial photos reveal groups of sugi (japanese cedar) trees swelling toward the sky, creating the mysterious concentric patterns.

strange 'crop circles' appearing in japan are the result of 1973 experiment

the two tree crop circles
image courtesy sankei news

 

 

images recently emerged online and on social media, causing people to marvel at the mysterious forest formations. much to the disappointment of conspiracy theorists, the phenomena is not the result of an alien invasion but a scientific experiment that took place nearly half a century ago.

strange 'crop circles' appearing in japan are the result of 1973 experiment

image courtesy FNN

according to a document by the japanese ministry of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries, what’s now visible is due to a 1973 project regarding growth and tree spacing. at the time, the area was used for ‘experimental forestry’ with one experiment that saw researchers planting trees in 10 degree radial increments to form 10 concentric circles.

strange 'crop circles' appearing in japan are the result of 1973 experiment

image courtesy google earth

 

 

now visible on google earth, the results show trees growing in a convex shape, fanning out into the forest and suggesting that tree density does indeed affect growth. the original plan called for the trees to be harvested in 5 years, but officials are now considering saving the circular forest.

 

 

via: spoon tamago

  • Please, plant more of those that way!
    Peaceful and nice experimentation..beautiful photos…

    Fauvel claire says:

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