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Random circular fields in Canterbury area

Old Sep 19th 2006, 9:19 pm
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Default Random circular fields in Canterbury area

are they crop circles??!!! :scared:

If you have google earth, here are the pointer longitude/latitude coordinates:

The circles lie between:

43 deg 19'52.80 deg S 172deg10'56.17deg E

and

43deg22'32.10deg S 172deg20'49.48deg E

Can anyone explain what they are??
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Old Sep 19th 2006, 9:26 pm
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Default Re: Random circular fields in Canterbury area

Originally Posted by dreamfish
are they crop circles??!!! :scared:

If you have google earth, here are the pointer longitude/latitude coordinates:

The circles lie between:

43 deg 19'52.80 deg S 172deg10'56.17deg E

and

43deg22'32.10deg S 172deg20'49.48deg E

Can anyone explain what they are??
Irrigators.
Long pipes on wheels that let out water that swivel from one end to form a circle. Flying over Africa you see the same thing.
Large amounts of the Canterbury Plains are being turned over for diary farms. Highly controversial, this is a drought region and the only way the diary famrmers can make a very large amount of money is by taking water which is a scarce resourse. Then there is the issue of nitrates being leached into what water there is left and you have a very political natural resource issue.
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Old Sep 19th 2006, 9:28 pm
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Default Re: Random circular fields in Canterbury area

Originally Posted by Apple12
Irrigators.
Long pipes on wheels that let out water that swivel from one end to form a circle. Flying over Africa you see the same thing.
Large amounts of the Canterbury Plains are being turned over for diary farms. Highly controversial, this is a drought region and the only way the diary famrmers can make a very large amount of money is by taking water which is a scarce resourse. Then there is the issue of nitrates being leached into what water there is left and you have a very political natural resource issue.

wow!!! they are enormous!!! i did wonder if they were irrigated fields, but they are so enormous i disregarded it. one of them even looks like somehting out of thunderbirds, expecting some sort of rocket to come firing out! lol.

ok, its late, i need sleep.
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Old Sep 20th 2006, 2:18 am
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Default Re: Random circular fields in Canterbury area

Yep, Irrigators as they're called here, Centre pivots in the US. My other half is here working for an irrigation company. We had our own dealership in the US selling & servicing them. We fancied a change so here we are. Not only used by the Dairy industry, but by sheep farmers & farmers growing crops. They are necessary (necessary evil), especially in a drought area.

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