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Mysterious 'Fairy Circles' Not Termites

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 12:12 PM

"Fairy circles" that form in the arid grasslands of Namibia have baffled scientists for decades. In the latest attempt to explain the cause of these mysterious circular patches, a group of researchers turned to aerial images.

From the aerial images, the scientists discovered that fairy circles are distributed in surprisingly regular patterns, which might rule out the popular theory that termites are the creators.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 12:30 PM

Interesting... I wonder if they are caused by some bacteria or fungus...


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 01:04 PM

View PostTaun, on 22 May 2014 - 12:30 PM, said:

Interesting... I wonder if they are caused by some bacteria or fungus...

That was my impression is that it had to be fungus or something considering that all the rings look to be the same size and elevation so I don't think termites are gonna synchronize their construction with others. :D

Were there, perhaps at one point, a bunch of cactus there of various sizes and were decimated by the same infections that are making the circles?


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:24 PM

View PostTaun, on 22 May 2014 - 12:30 PM, said:

Interesting... I wonder if they are caused by some bacteria or fungus...
There are lots of different causes to natural ring shapes.  The "fairy ring" of the mushrooms is causes by the fungus consuming all available organic matter within the circle as it grows.  Lack of water causes a lot of grasses to grow in the middle of a barren circle.  And the creosote bush in the middle of a clone simply dies of old age.
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Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:42 PM

Obviously, it's the work of mole people.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 12:55 PM

And we believe that if life on Mars exist, we will find it? How long has science looked into the mystery of the fairy circles?


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:49 PM

Fairy rings that I have seen locally are caused by fungi and tend to have grass in their centers AND it's greener than the grass outside the ring. By breaking down organic compounds, the fungi is likely releasing nitrogen and/or other minerals for the grass to use that the grass outside the circle is lacking. These rings in Namibia are just the opposite with barren soil in the middle.

Hard to believe that after 65 years they are no closer to an answer.


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:59 PM

Some kind of parasite maybe??

View PostSundew, on 24 May 2014 - 08:49 PM, said:

Fairy rings that I have seen locally are caused by fungi and tend to have grass in their centers AND it's greener than the grass outside the ring. By breaking down organic compounds, the fungi is likely releasing nitrogen and/or other minerals for the grass to use that the grass outside the circle is lacking. These rings in Namibia are just the opposite with barren soil in the middle.

Hard to believe that after 65 years they are no closer to an answer.
That's because it's not a high priority.

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:17 AM

View Postancient astronaut, on 24 May 2014 - 09:59 PM, said:

Some kind of parasite maybe??

That's because it's not a high priority.

Probably true, but you would think they have already tested for fungi, bacteria and common insects as well as done simple chemical analysis of the interior of the circles and the surrounding soil. Makes one wonder what it is they are missing.


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 01:48 AM

So, they debunked it by having an Opinion? Did any of these "experts" go out to the desert and verify that the termites aren't forming circles? It sounds to me like these guys just deduced that because they hadn't heard of this before that it could not be so.

Very bad debunk in my opinion.

Edited by DieChecker, 25 May 2014 - 01:48 AM.

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 02:38 AM

View PostSundew, on 25 May 2014 - 01:17 AM, said:

Probably true, but you would think they have already tested for fungi, bacteria and common insects as well as done simple chemical analysis of the interior of the circles and the surrounding soil. Makes one wonder what it is they are missing.
The answer is probably right there in front of their faces, and they still can't see it.

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 07:49 AM

Gas from below might poison the roots but probably not in such an pattern. Maybe someone has done it on purpose? Or they are nest sites for some sort of creature. Weird.

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 09:49 AM

I've seen fungus do some strange things.  Back where I used to live several years ago, when I was a teenager, the entire region was covered in an orange, stringy fungus(or maybe it was a plant, I'm not 100% sure).  The whole mountain I lived on turned orange, it was very bizarre.


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Posted 25 May 2014 - 08:01 PM

I think a fungal reason was the leading theory before the termites theory came around.

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 09:34 PM

View Postmaximusnow, on 24 May 2014 - 12:55 PM, said:

And we believe that if life on Mars exist, we will find it? How long has science looked into the mystery of the fairy circles?
The fungus cause of fairy rings was known in the early 1960s.  I don't know how long before then that the question was under investigation.
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