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Mystery crater shows up in Utah pond

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A strange crater surrounded by a ring of algae was recently discovered in a Utah irrigation pond. (Source: KSL/NBC) A strange crater surrounded by a ring of algae was recently discovered in a Utah irrigation pond. (Source: KSL/NBC)
Geographers cannot determine how the crater was formed. (Source: KSL/CNN) Geographers cannot determine how the crater was formed. (Source: KSL/CNN)

(KSL/NBC) – Farmers in southern Utah are scratching their heads and trying to figure out what caused an unusual phenomenon in an irrigation pond.

Earlier this week, Gary Dalton of Circleville discovered a mysterious crater that suddenly appeared under the water.

"The sun was just right," Dalton said. "So, I saw this blasted thing that no one had ever seen."

He noticed it after most of the water was drained from the pond for irrigation. Just beneath the surface he saw concentric circles in the pond bottom with a diameter of about 25 feet. The outer ring is a circular depression filled with algae. An inner circle looks as though something erupted from beneath, forming what looks startlingly like a small volcanic crater.

"My heck, I guess that's Martian art," Dalton said. "I don't know."

Experts from the Utah Geological Survey took a look and were initially baffled as well.

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