The lay of the crop in all seven circles is radial, that is, laid from the center outwards.
In each circle a narrow clockwise ring was laid first. Then the rest of the crop fell, overlapping these rings. The width of the ring in the large circle is about 18 inches (45 cm) and in the smallest circles about 6 inches (15 cm).
We found a few strips of plants laid in the reverse direction of the radial lay. They are shown on the diagram in red.
While diagramming the lay, I think I found an interesting 9-fold geometry. The formation would have to be surveyed with more accurate equipment than my compass to confirm this. My calculations may be out by one or two degrees.
|In the large circle there was a small mound of
fresh earth (brown dot on diagram) about 12 inches (30 cm) across that looked
as if it had erupted from below. The edges of the fresh earth lay on top
of some of the downed crop, indicating that it spilled there after the plants
were laid. The crop swirled around this mini eruption in a semi-circular
In the north circle, a three-way crack and hole in the ground lay at the center of the radial lay.