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CCCRN News: XRD Study of Canadian Crop Formation

From: Paul Anderson <paulanderson.nul>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 18:21:27 -0800
Fwd Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 09:44:21 -0500
Subject: CCCRN News: XRD Study of Canadian Crop Formation

E-News from the Canadian Crop Circle Research Network

March 10, 2004



XRD Study Of Canadian Crop Formation Now Available From BLT
Research Team Inc.

Have just received the news from Nancy Talbott that the long-
awaited XRD study focusing on the seven-circle barley formation
at Edmonton, Alberta in 1999 is now available on the BLT web


At this end, a special thank you to CCCRN Alberta and Crop
Circle Quest researchers Judy and Mike Arndt in Edmonton,
Alberta who did excellent sampling and other field work of this
formation for BLT.

Nancy's report follows:


After constant delays (mostly due to financial constraints) the
X-ray diffraction study of clay minerals in crop circle soils,
which was begun in 1999 and completed in late 2001, is now
available on the BLT Research Team Inc.'s web-site at:


BLT is most grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Lyman D. Rogers of Newtown,
Connecticut, whose financial support made this possible, and to
web-site personnel Kim McDonald Gazecki, William Bombardier, and
Abby Lewis who did the actual work of transferring the study to
the web.

This study, funded by Laurance Rockefeller, examined specific
clay minerals (those which are called "expandable" clays and
which are most sensitive to heat) in crop circle soils, in an
attempt to gather further data which might inform us regarding
the hypothesized presence of microwave radiation at crop circle
sites. Multiple scientists were involved (see "Study
Personnel"), most of whom were totally unacquainted with the
crop circle phenomenon at the time they carried out their
individual work on the project. These scientists were carefully
chosen, not only for their specific expertise, but because they
were unaware of the phenomenon, thus ruling out any potential
assertions by skeptics of "experimenter bias."

The results are startling. Specific clay minerals
(illite/smectites) are shown to exhibit a subtle, but
statistically significant, increase in degree of
crystallization....a change heretofore seen only in sedimentary
rock, which has been exposed to the massive pressure (called
"geologic" pressure) of tons of overlying rock and to heat from
the earth's core over hundreds, or thousands of years. To our
knowledge this increase in degree of crystallization has never
been reported previously in surface soils (as is the case here).

If "geologic" pressure had been present, obviously the plants
would have been obliterated. And, of course, they were not.
Further, if the intense heat required (a minimum of 6-800
degrees C, over a period of many hours) to produce the
crystalline change (in the absence of such geologic pressure)
had been present, the plants would have been incinerated. And,
again, they were not. The plants did show the well-documented
changes (elongated apical nodes, presence of expulsion cavities)
regularly found in crop circles which are not created by
mechanical flattening (i.e., with planks and boards). What is
MOST interesting is the fact that both the documented plant
changes and the increases in clay-mineral crystallization
occurred at the SAME sampling locations. A regression analysis
found that the node-length increases in the plants were
correlated with the increase in crystallization of the clay
minerals in the soils at the 99.2% level of confidence, a truly
extraordinary result.

So the data appear to indicate that whatever caused the plant
changes, also caused the soil changes at the same sampling
locations. And yet we realize that the intense energy situation
required to produce the soil effects would have destroyed the
plants altogether. As Dr. Reynolds, the Dartmouth mineralogist
and recognized authority on clay minerals and the XRD technique
whom we asked to review our study stated, we are apparently
dealing with an energy currently unknown to science.

As is often the case in science, new and intriguing questions
have been raised. The notion of mechanical flattening, however,
is without question ruled out.

We hope that all interested members of the crop circle community
will take the time to examine the new study. All of the data and
personnel involved have been included on the web-site. BLT
welcomes comments and/or questions. Please note, also, that many
other changes and additions have been made to other pages on the
site, including the following pages: "Home," "Plant
Abnormalities," "Clay-Mineral XRD Study," "Other Facts,"
"Professional Consultants," "Lab Reports," and "Contact."

Nancy Talbott
BLT Research Team Inc.



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c. CCCRN, 2004

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