Mysterious Pond Circles Crop Up In New York; Are They The Work Of UFOs? [PHOTO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on March 27, 2013 12:19 PM EDT

Pond Circles
The pond circles outside Peggy Gervase's home in Eden, N.Y. (Photo: Facebook/Peggy Gervase)

A series of mysterious pond circles appeared in Eden, N.Y. over the weekend and have sparked a debate about whether or not they have an extraterrestrial origin.  The mysterious pond circles resemble a polka-dot pattern in the snow on top of a small frozen pond near the home of Peggy Gervase. Gervase snapped some pictures of the mysterious pond circles and shared them online.

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"I took a couple pictures of the pond and I put it on Facebook because I'd never seen this before in our pond," Gervase told Buffalo NBC TV affiliate WGRZ. "It's eerie, in a way, and cool in a way. It's crop circles, crop, pond, water, ice circles -- just circles."

Whenever talk of the "circles" come up, be they crop or pond circles, the conversation almost always steers toward aliens. Although two Englishmen admitted to a crop circle hoax across southern England they are not responsible for the many crop circle sightings seen across the globe. According to Wikipedia: "Twenty-six countries reported approximately 10,000 crop circles in the last third of the 20th century; 90% of those were located in southern England. Many of the formations appearing in that area are positioned near ancient monuments, such as Stonehenge. According to one study, nearly half of all circles found in the UK in 2003 were located within a 15 km (9.3 miles) radius of Avebury.[1] Archeological remains can cause cropmarks in the fields, in the shapes of circles and squares, but they do not appear overnight and they are always in the same places every year."

The mysterious pond circles are interesting, but Gervase told reporters that she doesn't believe her pond circles are the work of otherworldy visitors.

"I'm not that far gone yet," she told WGRZ.

 Even UFO believers are skeptical that the mysterious pond circles have anything to do with extraterrestrial activity. Marc Dantonio, an analyst for the Mutual UFO Network, told the Huffington Post the mysterious pond circles are likely the result of some sort of natural phenomenon.

"Circles are an interesting phenomenon because you get quite frequently the opposite effect in slow currents in a river, say, at a bend where the water slows down on the outside of the bend," he said. "Given the right conditions, where freezing has just begun, my personal feeling is that these ice holes are really areas where some underground springs that have been creating small currents in the pond have moved the water just enough to prevent it from freezing at the same time as the rest of the pond."

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