What Are These Mysterious Patterns?
© 2013 by Linda Moulton
pattern (spiral) seems to show an astronomical theme,
with some kind of binary computer code in its largest
- Red Collie, retired
geneticist, Sydney, Australia
8-ring pattern appeared to be sustained
in dust by an electrostatic charge on the window.”
- Albuquerque Resident
December 23, 2013 Watergate Bay
Beach, Newquay, Cornwall, U. K. and Albuquerque, New Mexico
- On the southwestern coast of Cornwall at a small
beach community called Newquay, there were once up to
fifteen pre-historic barrows known as The Barrowfields. But
now only a few remain from burials 3,500 years ago. The
first settlements were Iron Age hill forts and iron mines.
Newquay, Watergate Bay Beach,
Cornwall County, U. K., has two miles of sand
along the Celtic Sea in south-western British Isles.
December 8, 2013 - Beach Sand
Watergate Beach, Cornwall, U. K.
On December 8, 2013, at the seaside town of Watergate Bay
Beach in Newquay, Cornwall County, United Kingdom, a woman
named Karen saw an intricate spiral in the beach sand,
photographed it and put it on Facebook. At first, Karen
thought the creator of the pattern was Cornish sand artist
Tony Plant, but when he was asked, he said he did not know
who made the pattern.
Mysterious sand spiral with intricate overlay of binary code
circles at Watergate Bay Beach in Newquay, Cornwall County,
U. K., on December 8, 2013. Image by Karen, posted on
The next day on December 9, 2013, retired geneticist
known as Red Collie emailed me that his sand pattern was
“binary ASCII code with unusual formatting” and he was
trying to crack the message. Red Collie also posted on the
Facebook page of Crop Circles-UFOs-Ancient
Mysteries-Scientific Speculations: “This one is
interesting for two reasons: first, it is based on a spiral,
not concentric circles; and thus more difficult to lay down.
Secondly, this sand pattern (spiral) seems to show an
astronomical theme, with some kind of binary computer code
in its largest circles. A nice puzzle, will try to solve it
today before packing for Perth in a few hours.”
[ Editor's Note: Binary Code -
Wikipedia: A binary code represents text or computer
processor instructions using the binary number system's
two binary digits, 0 and 1. A binary code assigns a bit
string to each symbol or instruction. For example, a
binary string of eight binary digits (bits) can
represent any of 256 possible values and can therefore
correspond to a variety of different symbols, letters or
But Red Collie so far has not been able
to solve the embedded binary code in the sand pattern and
Earthfiles wonders if any viewers can solve this sand spiral
puzzle? If so, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org. All requests for
confidentiality are honoured.