Identification of a White Powder Found in a Crop Formation (Hoeven, Holland, October 5, 2009)

Identification of a White Powder Found in a Crop Formation (Hoeven, Holland, October 5, 2009)

Case File Information

Date of Event / Case File: 10/05/2009


White powders identified as a hydrated form of magnesium carbonate, specifically with formula (MgCO3)4•Mg(OH)2•5H2O, have been examined by this laboratory from assorted unusual events occurring in Holland. One powder was associated with the appearance of a ball of light (Technical Service Report: UT009) and three others were found in different crop formations (Technical Service Report: UT055). Another white powder was recently procured from a crop formation which occurred on October 5, 2009 in Hoeven, Holland. A photograph of the powder as found in the formation is above.

Following is a diagram of the formation. The white powder was found in the large circle as indicated by the arrow.

The objective of this analysis is to identify this powder, and determine if it is the same as those previously encountered.


  • The white powder is a hydrated form of magnesium carbonate, with an approximate formula of (MgCO3)4•Mg(OH)2•5H2O. No other components are detected by FT-IR.1 The detection limit for this test is about 0.5% depending on the sample.
  • The powder is the same as encountered in previous Holland events.
  • No evidence for radiation above background, or UV fluorescing material is detected.

The Original Analysis

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