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10 Amazing Crop Circles on Google Maps

Tina Sieber 21-11-2012

crop circles Crop circles were described as early as the 17th century. One of the first known records speculates they were caused by ‘airflows from the sky.’ In the 1970s and 80s, crop circles suddenly started appearing en masse throughout the English countryside. This caught the media’s attention and caused many speculations regarding their origin.


At one point, the most plausible theory involved whirlwinds and other extraordinary meteorological phenomena. With patterns eventually becoming far too complex to be created naturally, many enthusiasts proposed paranormal causes, including UFO landings or messages from extraterrestrial beings.

In the early 90s, two men, Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, confessed they were responsible for the majority of crop circles that had been discovered in the UK. Their confession muted the meteorological theory and confirmed earlier suspicions that it was a hoax. The idea of aliens being responsible for crop circles, however, had fired people’s imagination and with the media reliably causing a stir when new formations are sighted, many people have been inspired to bring crop circles to their hometown. Subsequently, thousands of crop circles have been reported from around the world over the past 20+ years.

Here is a small selection of crop circles documented by and still visible on Google Maps.

Giant Jelly Fish

The jelly fish is one of the more unique patterns. It was documented in a field near Ashbury, Oxfordshire, UK in 2010.

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This crop circle was created by the Oregon State University Linux Users group in 2006. It marked the browser’s 50 millionth download. Note the letters FX below the icon. They are formed by a plane, a few cars, and a bunch of people is standing next to them.

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Interestingly, Google has updated the image material of the area in 2012, but kept the 2006 image of the crop circle, as can be seen when zooming out of the image.

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Circular Star

The star circle with the two ball shaped satellites was sighted near Aalst in Belgium.

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Asterix and Obelix

During summer, many towns across Germany carve labyrinths and mazes into corn and other crop fields. The first such maze was created by the Lebanon Valley Collage in Pennsylvania in 1993. The example below is from Utting, Germany. Their 10 year field labyrinth jubilee coincided with Asterix’ and Obelix’ 50 year anniversary in 2009.

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This Bio-hazard sign was spotted near Pannocchia in the Province of Parma in Italy.

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These rectangulars have been etched into the brown soil of rural South Africa, south of the Skilpad and Namaqua National Parks.

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The eight-shaped circles found near Chilbolton, Hampshire, UK look more like patterns in the soil than crop circles.

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Star Crop Circle

The star can be spotted near Avebury, Wiltshire, UK.

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Wiltshire is a hotspot for crop circles. This triangle was found just south of the star above.

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Also one of the most beautiful crop circles was found in Wiltshire, near Marlborough.

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As Google updates its satellite images, many of these crop circles will disappear forever. If you are keen to discover the latest ones from around the UK, visit this website dedicated to documenting crop circles.

When did you first hear about crop circles and have you ever seen one in real life?

Image credits: UFO Crop Circle via Shutterstock

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  1. René
    July 18, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Those eight-shapes are left overs from a former RAF airfield. You are seeing a former taxiway and dispersals used to park aircraft next to the taxiway. So your commentary about soil patterns is correct. However this has nothing to do with crop circles at all.

  2. Irfan Ahmed
    December 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Truly amazing. I didn't know this thing is called crop circle until I read your peace. Thanks for the article.

  3. Nohl Lyons
    November 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    It's cute, but kind of silly

  4. Maria Agosto
    November 27, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Curioser and Curioser

  5. Austen Gause
    November 26, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    sorry i meant to say that these are really cool. i think the firefox one is awesome

  6. Jeremy Wiebe
    November 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    There's a clump of trees that's obviously not natural near where I used to live. http://goo.gl/maps/lI0Gb Simple, but neat.

    Regarding the vandalism comment, who's to say the farmer wasn't fully informed and in agreement to the designs being created in their field? I know there are many farmers in Canada who do corn mazes.

    • Tina
      November 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      That's a cool one. Thanks for sharing, Jeremy!

  7. Kyle Venter
    November 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I have met and I know others who have met the few that control the world, the economics, the wars etc etc. It is no conspiracy, it has been this for centuries and possibly even before the now known 'dawn of civilization'. Just because there is no feudal system and we do not see some guy with a crown on his head does not mean those in control have relinquished their power and wealth, no, no. They have simply become more masked. I mean, think about it, if you had a lot of control, wealth and power, you would want your children and your childrens children to have the same wealth as you did, and so, you would plan for the future. This is the same as the minority controlling the ebb and tide of global dynamics. Trust me, when you meet one of these people you will know. I just find it strange that we are such a bunch of sheep, we actually think this mass media propaganda and the appearance of freedom is in fact, true freedom and fairness throughout society. Look behind the smoke and mirrors and you will see the truth. Anyways, no matter what I say now or 10 days from now, 10 minutes watching BBC or CNN and the brainwashing is complete. So we all think the Television is solely for entertainment? Ha, think again, it is a major tool used in the control of the masses. I mean, seriously, what we consider to be the 'global village' and what we percieve the world as a whole to be(all the conflicts, celebrations etc etc), this gives us our world view paradigm. And it is this paradigm that can be shifted at will. I wonder who is pushing all the buttons? And why, each and every major news station has similar stories with similar conclusions? We are essentially controlled by mass market media and as soon as we start to see what a bunch of clueless sheep we are and stop hiding behind(conspiracy theory) excuses, the sooner we can start living for what really matters, sunshine, laughter, family values and pure living, not work, work, work, to eat, to shit, to sleep to wake up the next day and work, work, work, just so we can make money to buy shit we really do not need. I mean, look at it all, we have everything, money, food, clothes, hot water, fancy cars, but, go down to your local mall and see how many sad and empty faces you see walking around, subconciously stressing about how they are going to make enough money to buy the next LCD, LED tv or the next new car. Oh well, one day the truth will set us all free. Ag shame, poor sheep, wonder where the next sheep culling is going to take place so as to make more wealth for the controlling few? Israel?

    • terry tong
      March 17, 2015 at 11:47 am

      So true. We are all projecting on our "reality " of the world with partial information. To manipulate our paradigm by filtering info to form a "worldview" by the powerful and the media , is as easy as we adults telling kids that if they can score A at school , they are capable of understanding everything in life.

    • Steph
      May 6, 2018 at 10:30 am

      First step is doing like yourself and taking the opportunity to ‘enlighten’ youngsters in the family or friends of offspring - I showed these images to 18 year old daughter ( she’s endured my open minded approach to music for a start ) and asked her - “ how come these unexplainable and intricate things don’t get any ‘front page ‘ attention “ -to which she replied “ well 90% of stuff on net is made-up and can be photo shopped “ to which I replied “ but these are in/on real locations -with dates “ .....she replied “ I guess it’s cos it’s just too weird “ ! So I suppose unless it’s connected to an electricity supply with a lead ( cord if u American ) , most folks couldn’t care . Would it have been thus in the late 60s I wonder . Love from Wessexshire or the elephants’ graveyard ?

  8. Kyle Venter
    November 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Ha, yes, I saw something strange in the sky here in Cape Town, just after Guy Fawkes. My dad and I thought it was a flare but then the glowing thing did not fall down, it just kept hovering in one spot and slowly began to move in a West to East direction, the next second it increased speed at an unimaginable speed. I reckon there are things out there the general public have no idea about. But it is not aliens, nor is it alien space craft. The truth is, the U.S, and Chinese governments are hiding massively advanced technology from the public, and have been doing so for many, many years. I mean, just look at what they are showing us already, stealth craft etc etc. Now, they have always kept at least 10 percent of their projects completely secret. If they are showing us some of their advanced tech, just imagine what they are still keeping secret? They will do anything to hide this technology, including drawing a couple of crop circles. This technology has been around since before the second world war and it is a way for these super powers to maintain supreme control. Trust me, we are the sheep, we think we are intelligent and all our choices are free ones, but let me tell you, just as the sheep are herded and controlled on a farm, so are we herded and controlled through the media and various other tactics. Don't be fooled people, even the food you eat is placed there at that time because it serves the interests of the monetary elite.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 23, 2012 at 10:59 am


      We live in a world so complex, that no one can control all of it. There may be some level of influence, but there isn't absolute control.

  9. Ramón García
    November 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Very curious!!!

  10. Nicole ?
    November 22, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Whoa O.o

  11. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 22, 2012 at 3:49 am

    The Firefox one is cool. I've never seen one myself, but there was photos of rural areas in Japan, where making these is pretty popular. They shaped their farm so when it's time to harvest, you can see pictures from the sky. Not crop circle per se, since it's more like the Asterix and Obelix one shown in this article, but still, highly artistic.

    • Tina Sieber
      November 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

      That sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing, Lisa! Would you happen to know whether there is a name for this type of art?

  12. Terafall
    November 22, 2012 at 3:41 am

    How exactly they did all that???

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 22, 2012 at 3:51 am

      Simple crop circles can be made using lawnmower, rope, and something to act as nails (like yardstick, or pole). Remember drawing circle with compass? It goes with similar principle.

  13. Rigoberto Garcia
    November 22, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Interesting researchTina. Thanks

  14. Desdemona
    November 22, 2012 at 12:04 am

    While admittedly interesting to look at and displaying talent I don't have, I also recognize these represent lost crops to those farmers - $$ that most probably need. In the end, it is simply vandalism (perhaps at the level of a felony because of the dollar value of the destroyed crops).

    • Tina Sieber
      November 23, 2012 at 11:02 am

      That's unfortunately true. I wonder whether those farmers in the UK have found ways to profit from crop circles. After all they are an attraction and might bring a lot more wealth than damage. It's still a problem that food is being destroyed, though.

      • Steph
        May 6, 2018 at 10:43 am

        In England , a third of the food on dinner plates is scraped into the bin without a second thought ...which proves the daft mindset of consumer culture- it’s not as if food is cheap in the uk . The majority of folks in England aren’t concerned with strange or difficult to understand concepts- even with the great gods of tv or mobile communications , haven’t the foggiest where the signals come from or how they get there . It’s home improvements , sport , shopping and more shopping! oh- and the premier league . Some of these crop formations and the molecular alterations of their individual grass nodes -and without being ‘damaged ‘ is , in my opinion , incredible. Love from Wessexshire

  15. Jon Smith
    November 21, 2012 at 11:57 pm


    • Florin Ardelian
      November 22, 2012 at 12:09 am

      Definitely aliens. Humans use Chrome.

      • Jon Smith
        November 23, 2012 at 3:05 am

        this made my day. i definitely laughed for a good two minutes

      • Jagbir Sembhi
        November 29, 2012 at 1:13 am

        i agree

    • Alex Downs
      November 22, 2012 at 5:50 am

      Damn aliens, they don't see us defacing their planets