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Salinas crop circle: Landowner ends Calif. crop circle debate by mowing it down

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A Salinas crop circle, created in Salinas Valley, California on Monday, was the cause of much speculation this week as to its origin. Its demise however came with little mystery – the complicated crop circle was mowed down by the landowner, who called the spectacle a “nuisance.”

ABC 13 on Friday reported that the mysterious crop circle captured national attention and, as usual, sputtered up some new speculation that aliens had left us a coded message, resembling a computer chip, in a farmer’s field of barley.

According to a representative of Echelon Security Company, who was hired by the landowner to protect the property after it became an unwanted tourist attraction, the pattern was destroyed because it attracted an unmanageable amount of gawkers.

The patterns were first noticed by aerial photographer Julie Belanger of the 111th Aerial Photography Squadron, who was doing a flyover of the area Monday.

Not surprisingly, an anonymous video has surfaced on YouTube that lays claim to first discovery of the circle. Two friends say they saw “green flashing lights” in the field and got out of their car to investigate.

Berlanger told KSBW that she thought the pattern was “beautiful.”

“Quite beautiful,” Belanger said. “I believe it's possible that aliens exist, but I don't know if they would bother making a crop circle to give us a message.”

Jeffrey Wilson of the Independent Crop Circle Researchers Association told the Monterey Herald that there were several signs that the pattern was made by humans. (As opposed to those constructed by little Martian men with elongated heads and sickles, I suppose.)

Wilson pointed out that the marking was too well aligned with the road and that the center of the circle resembled Braille (with the number 192 repeated over and over). He thinks the subsequent YouTube video could have been a form of viral marketing.

“My guess is that it is commissioned work for an advertisement,” Wilson said. “Or a commissioned work for a production company making a documentary on crop circles or for some kind of film.”

Either way, property owners Scott and Debbie Anthony ended the debate, having the circle plowed over.

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