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Mystery of Desert 'Fairy Circles' Solved

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:43 PM

The "artists" behind bizarre, barren, grassless rings dotting the desert of Southwest Africa have been found lurking right at scientists' feet: termites.

Known as fairy circles, these patches crop up in regular patterns along a narrow strip of the Namib Desert between mid-Angola and northwestern South Africa, and can persist for decades. The cause of these desert pockmarks has been widely debated, but a species of sand termite, Psammotermes allocerus, could be behind the mysterious dirt rings, suggests a study published today (March 28) in the journal Science.

http://news.yahoo.co...-180452868.html

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:33 PM

Busy little critters.


#3    Eldorado

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:04 AM

View PostHilander, on 29 March 2013 - 10:33 PM, said:

Busy little critters.

Smart little critters.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:32 PM

i like that guys smart and busy little critters.that's so cool.animals and insects and etc are smart nothing new if course but still interesting:)the rings do look awesome though.


#5    HuntrSThompsun

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:52 PM

My junk itches


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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

Fairies, termites,...close enough.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:15 AM

Send in the Orkin Man!


#8    Sakari

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:18 AM

I prefered alien spacecraft myself.

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#9    TheSpoonyOne

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:34 AM

To be honest, South Africa isn't exactly the place I'd imagine fairies showing up even if they did exist. :/

Edited by TheSpoonyOne, 31 March 2013 - 12:34 AM.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:35 AM

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:32 AM

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#12    Hawkin

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 03:14 AM

Fairy circles? What a name! How about sand circles.  Sorta like crop circles.


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Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:30 PM

So much for UFOs


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:42 AM

so crop circles were done by rabbits?


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 12:33 PM

View Postwoopypooky, on 01 April 2013 - 10:42 AM, said:

so crop circles were done by rabbits?
Nope, intoxicated hedgehogs.

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