What On Earth?


Here’s one final fact concerning the odd Earth shapes I’ve been hinting about: there are more than 500,000 of them.

They are not man-made. How did they come to exist, why, and when?

In this small image from Google Earth, you can see hundreds of them outlined within a two-county area in the U.S. Thursday, the rest of the story.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I’ve seen something similar in western Kansas. The circles are made by gigantic watering systems that prowl in a circle across fields. I’m not sure yours are the same thing.

  2. I am fascinated! Can’t wait to find out more. You said “2 county area in the U.S. – where are these? Thanks for the link as well.