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Crop circle in Indonesia causes controversy among locals, scientists

January 25, 2011 - Washington

The first crop circle in Indonesia has started a controversy, with locals saying that it is man made, while UFO enthusiasts say it's by aliens, and scientists are scrambling to find an answer.

The crop circle was found in a rice field in a hamlet of Sleman, Yogyakarta, and it consists of triangles and circles with a diameter of about 70 meters.

"According to several residents, they saw a tornado on Saturday evening," Fox News quoted Ngadiran, one of six farmers who own the land in Sleman, as saying.

"On Sunday afternoon, we saw the footprint in our fields," the farmer stated.

A farmer first reported the pattern, and his story drew hordes of people, causing heavy traffic congestion in the region.

"I think they were left by an alien space ship, like one I saw on TV. It is impossible that this was made by wind or any animal," Krasakan a resident of Cahyo Utomo told the Jakarta Post.

But officials remain sceptical that the crop circle is evidence of a close encounter of the third kind.

"We will not send investigators to the scene because we suspect the crop circle involves human intervention, not natural phenomena, nor scientific phenomena associated with outer space creatures commonly referred to as aliens," Thomas Djamaluddin, chief of astronomy research at Indonesia's space agency, told the Jakarta Globe.


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