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#1    Saru


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Posted 30 June 2012 - 09:57 AM

Nobody is able to explain the strange, bare circular patches that appear in the Nimibian grasslands.

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In the sandy desert grasslands of Namibia in southern Africa, mysterious bare spots known as "fairy circles" will form and then disappear years later for no reason anyone can determine.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:15 AM

Looks like something underneath the soil that is helping this

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:20 AM

Your avatar is super cute. :3

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:20 AM

there would have to be a lot of fairies to create so many circles.im sure they have other things to be doing with their time..

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 01:33 PM

Anyone else find them REALLY creepy? There's a definite 'YUK'factor there for me! They look like sores.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:59 PM

Seems I saw a documentary on this a few years back, and they determined that this was caused by a fungus.


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Posted 30 June 2012 - 05:37 PM


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Posted 30 June 2012 - 08:29 PM

View Postjimbur, on 30 June 2012 - 03:59 PM, said:

Seems I saw a documentary on this a few years back, and they determined that this was caused by a fungus.

In my local parks and rec's we get dark green circles of grass that remind me of these fairy circles, I believe these too are fungi related (well my fuzzy recollection of being told this believes this). This also reminds me of types of bushes that grow outwards in a circular shape leaving no foliage in the centre.

Interesting article, thanks for posting Saru.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 09:46 PM

It probably is a type of fungus or insect,or maybe even gas bubbles ? but I still like the good old fairy circle story.

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 10:24 PM

View Postouija ouija, on 30 June 2012 - 01:33 PM, said:

Anyone else find them REALLY creepy? There's a definite 'YUK'factor there for me! They look like sores.
Yeah, i find it to, its like graves where been there and the soles are still there in there places, its creepy

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:38 AM

lemme guess UFOs? ^_^

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 02:21 AM

Actually, the real cause is due to a little known and very rare creature called the Lesser Spotted Six legged Pygmy Limping Hyrax Pig.  This creature is very small and rarely seen due to it's ability to camoflage itself (like a chameleon).  The legs on the right side of it's body are shorter than those on the left causing the creature to move in circles when it walks. Hence, as it walks round in circles, feeding off the grass, you end up with these bare patches.
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Posted 01 July 2012 - 07:52 AM

Fairies wear boots

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 10:05 AM

I personally Love Fairies, and to add circles to them makes it oh so much more intriging, oh yes, oh yes indeed! OMG, I think I just......well ya know.

Go Fairy Circles!

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:05 AM

maybe we aint mint to find the cause

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