Hi JEEP,JEEP said:The centers of the circles look a lot like the electrical discharge pattern on the left (below) from what I can see:
Hi the_hammer,the_hammer said:The article is saying that the patterns have probably formed because of the shifting weather. The shift between defrosting and frost, that the sea currents have probably caused the ice to get thinner on one place and that the snow has put pressure on the ice around or the shift between the high tide and low tide, making the water come through the holes creating circular patterns like if you throw a rock into water.
Hi Zorpho,Zorpho said:I doubt if it's caused by any of our friends who visit from time to time, looks like a natural phenomena to me. I've seen similar patterns form on muddle creek and dam beds which still contain a small amount of water.
As the water simultaneously evaporates in the sun and soaks into the mud it leaves these sorts of patterns. I don't know how it happens exactly (in scientific terms) but I certainly have seen it occur.
As I first read it, open air museum did sound suspicious to me. And one of the crop circle that was created as commercial some years back in the Netherlands came to my mind.A mysterious circle one ice appeared at 'The Netherlands Open Air Museum'. The employees of the museum have no idea what causes the circles. They don't think that it is no joke.
A circle in snow with a diameter of 30 meters appeared in the night of februari 3-4 at a pond. The owner of the pond said there were no foot steps, the one at the picture are from his grand children who wanted to have a better look at the circle. Sjaak Damen of the DDCA was allowed to do some research but the owner don't want any publicity.
Robert Boerman - DCCA
Source: _http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/unplugged/crop-circle-snow-art-exceptionally-cool-231826779.html;_ylt=Am1kPoyWVX5fR4FQhPcg5iq1qHQA;_ylu=X3oDMTFvMzJmdmhsBG1pdANIQ01PTCBvbiBBcnRpY2xlBHBrZwNpZC0xODgwNzIzBHBAre aliens giving up cornfields for cold, mountain air?
Nope. Turns out these incredibly awesome snow designs are the work of decidedly human artist Simon Beck, who takes the concept of a crop circle to new heights by strapping on a pair snowshoes and getting to work.
"They are made by a kind of reverse orienteering," he explains on his Yahoo! Groups page. "The main lines and points are surveyed using a sighting compass (as used for surveying orienteering maps), with distance either by pace counting or string."
It can take Beck hours of trudging around in the snow to create his masterpieces, which can run the size of a soccer field. Why go to the trouble?
"The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise," he says. "Gradually the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera."