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Crop Circles: Google Earth Helps Fans Locate and Study

Crop circle enthusiasts are using Google Earth to track down the most interesting patterns in fields across Britain.

Google Earth's satellite mapping service has made it easier than ever for fans across the world to locate and study crop circles, which previously had to be photographed from aircraft.

Since Google Earth does not provide real-time images, and its maps are usually at least six months old, recent circles are not yet visible.

Message boards and online communities devoted to crop circles now host the site's maps and screenshots, allowing swift comparison of their locations and designs.

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