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Art can be on canvas, walls, metal, paper, even on beans! But here is a masterpiece made on Planet Earth.  

In Japan, “Crop Circles” have recently been spotted. These two circles are viewable only from above. They are “sugi” (Japanese cedar) trees. You may be suspecting aliens, but no. It is pure science. These circles were the result of a scientific experiment. And this experiment spanned close to 50 years.

According to Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, this area in 1973 was designated as an “experimental forestry” area. One of the experiments was to try and measure the effect of tree spacing on growth. The experiment was carried out by planting trees in 10 degree radial increments forming 10 concentric circles of varying diameters.

But here is the extraordinary part of this experiment: No one was expecting that trees would have a concave shape. The trees were due to be harvested in about 5 years, but now Japanese authorities are considering keeping them.

Here are some images from Google Earth. They are a bit dark. For those who are interested, here are the exact coordinates.

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