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Mystery 'fairy circles' stump scientists


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#16    dreamgoddess11

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 01:41 PM

Fungus


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 02:20 AM

Some things just cannot be explained with science and it something walks in circles how does it function? That is a hilarious explanation but something we just arent meant to know or understand.


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 05:31 AM

i want to believe

oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 06:07 PM

http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Fairy_ring


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 06:54 PM

View PostMadMike740, on 02 July 2012 - 06:07 PM, said:


Cheers MadMike, the pictures half way down on the right are exactly what I see in my local grass/play areas. Ties in nicely with the Myths thread I was reading earlier.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:52 PM

View PostCRIPTIC CHAMELEON, on 30 June 2012 - 09:46 PM, said:

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

Fungus or insects that destroy grass in circles. Thats new.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:55 PM

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Tschinkel does not offer any explanation for the Circles, but was able to rule out some previously offered ones. The most obvious explanation is a fungal or other microbial agent, as with Fairy Rings, but the growth pattern does not match this and no such agent could be found. Another popular explanation is a chemical agent, such as fumes from a subterranean hydrothermal seep, though again no such agent could be found. It has been suggested that the activities of ground-dwelling Termites might be responsible, but no connection between the Circles and Termites has been found.

http://sciencythough...ry-circles.html


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Posted 03 July 2012 - 12:30 AM

A fungus is certainly a possibility, but there are also plants toxic to other plant species that use a chemical warfare of sorts. It is possible that this starts as a single grass seedling, that produces offsets. Many desert plants have clonal colonies that expand outward in a more or less circular pattern from a single pioneer. As the offsets expand outward from the center they leave behind a root system that either uses all the available moisture within the circle (in a semi-arid climate), preventing other seeds from germinating, or giving off toxins that stop all other species from germinating or growing, sort of a natural "Round Up" weed killer. It would be interesting to see if the particular grass that grows around the edges of the circles would have toxic qualities to other plant life when planted in containers with other species, and whether this grass is ONLY found on the edges of such circles. Also what happens to other less mobile vegetation (like a single trunked shrub) outside the circle when approached by the grass? Does it begin to adversely effect and eventually kill the shrub? The chemistry within the circles could have agricultural and perhaps pharmaceutical applications.


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Posted 03 July 2012 - 08:40 AM

These 'Fairy circles' were apparntly created when JuniorChubb layed upon the grass and left his imprint.


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Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:34 PM

fungus feels about right.

I wonder if they ever tried to grow grass right in the middle of a circle? hmmm

anyway the follwing makes a lot of sense to me:

"That's science, isn't it?" Tschinkel said. "If you knew the answer ahead of time, it wouldn't be much fun."

right, and if you knew all the answers you would not be here at UM. I like that

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 11:39 PM

View PostWillSoMysterious, on 03 July 2012 - 08:40 AM, said:

These 'Fairy circles' were apparntly created when JuniorChubb layed upon the grass and left his imprint.

Cheers WillSoMysterious, are you also going to hold me responsible for all those missing pies?

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:57 AM

That's okay Junior Chubb my friend, as your name suggests, i certainly AM going to hold you responsible for all those missing pies.

I have been working on an equation:

Junior Chubb + Pies x amount of time divided by your usual diet = Missing pies.


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:44 AM

View PostWillSoMysterious, on 04 July 2012 - 08:57 AM, said:

That's okay Junior Chubb my friend, as your name suggests, i certainly AM going to hold you responsible for all those missing pies.

I have been working on an equation:

Junior Chubb + Pies x amount of time divided by your usual diet = Missing pies.

(t ( jc + p )) / ud = mp

If I wasn't so hungry I would argue against your equation...

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 02:09 AM

looks like my lawn, i got bare spots in it too, i should take care of it, or maybe look around for 'fairies'..
Ain't seen fairies yet, but alot of Raccoons...
Perhaps Black Sabbath were right in their song "Fairies Wear Boots"...they leave big footsteps...lol





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