Scanning electron microscopy of filamentous web-like material found in crop circles and other sacred sites.

Previously we discussed the continuing appearance of filamentous cobweb-like material in crop circles and other sites. See: Filamentous cobweb-like material known as ‘angel hair’ found at ancient sacred sites.

Filamentous web-like material found at Cley Hill crop circle, July 2010

Preliminary scanning electron microscopic analyses of these materials has revealed structural differences between collected samples and common spider web matter. Presented here, to increasing degrees of magnification, is a series of images of fine filaments of a spider web.

Spider web

This sample had been in situ for some weeks or months at the time of collection and had trapped a predictable amount of ambient material, which is visible in the above images. (This ‘dirt’ is not to be confused with the structural matter that makes up part of the substance of the web-like material in the following images.)

Angel Hair

Two recent specimens were analysed. The first was taken from a tree trunk at Swallowhead spring, near Silbury Hill, Wiltshire. The material that was sampled is visible in the photograph featured previously.

Specimen 1

Cobweb-like material attached to tree trunk at Swallowhead spring, Wiltshire.

Web-like material attached to tree trunk at Swallowhead spring, Wiltshire.

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Specimen 2

Another sample came from inside the central standing tuft of a crop circle which appeared in a barley field in East Kennett, Wiltshire, on May 17, 2011.

Filamentous web-like material in crop circle at East Kennett, Wiltshire.

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Specimens 3/4

The structure of the unknown filamentous web-like material, or ‘angel hair,’ revealed in this latest analyses is consistent with that of earlier specimens collected in September 2010 from the site of a crop circle at Cley Hill, Wiltshire. In the first, the material appeared to be ‘attracted’ to a small burrow in the soil. Photographs of these were published previously in our first post: A novel approach to crop circles: ‘Ghost’ geometry as spectral traces of generative energies.

Web-like material cocooning a burrow apparently still in use by a field mouse, Cley Hill 2010.

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The other sample (specimen 4) collected from the same site came from a web that had enveloped a growing mushroom.

Discussion

This comparison under scanning electron microscope between the ‘angel hair’ and common spider web material appears to show that the filaments of the latter are less in quantity and more supple individually than the unknown material. In contrast, the images indicate that the ‘angel hair’ is structurally brittle in comparison. High levels of silicon were recorded in the specimens, bearing out previous descriptions of this and similar material reported at such site. Furthermore, the appearance of the non-filamentous matter forming part of the collective structure of the web-like material seems to indicate that the material is organic.

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