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Getting to the bottom of fairy circles

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Fairy circles are round gaps in arid grassland that are distributed very uniformly over the landscape and only occur along the Namib Desert in southern Africa and in parts of Australia. Various theories circulate about the actual cause of these unusual spatial patterns, ranging from poisonous Euphorbia plants or rising gases, to ants, termites or plant competition for sparse water resources.

Scientists from the University of Göttingen, Australia and Israel have now got to the bottom of their cause with soil investigations and drones. The results suggest that the fairy circles in Australia were caused by processes such as the weathering of the soil by heavy rainfall, extreme heat and evaporation. The extensive data collected by the researchers argued against a causal relationship to underground termite structures.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190221122954.htm

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ouija ouija

This is a fairy ring! A circle of toadstools that fairies sit on when they have a gathering. :)

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sci-nerd
5 minutes ago, ouija ouija said:

This is a fairy ring! A circle of toadstools that fairies sit on when they have a gathering. :)

Can you please post a bigger picture? I can't see the fairies!

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ouija ouija
2 minutes ago, sci-nerd said:

Can you please post a bigger picture? I can't see the fairies!

:unsure: * is puzzled *  ...... what do you mean 'I can't see the fairies'?

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acute

Do the fairies only show up with infrared?!?

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RAyMO

only really intelligent people can see the Fairies.

I'm sure if you'd all just look again.;)

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acute
35 minutes ago, RAyMO said:

Only really intelligent people can see the Fairies.

I'm sure if you'd all just look again.

.;)

Are you deliberately trying to incur the wrath of The Weej? :wacko:

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sci-nerd
43 minutes ago, RAyMO said:

only really intelligent people can see the Fairies.

I'm sure if you'd all just look again.;)

Oh look, I found one!!!

It has a little moustache! Are they supposed to have that?!

fairie.jpg.90829a135b4ecf8ca398a295307d7992.jpg

 

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freetoroam

I believe the circles in the thread are not the same as fairy rings.

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So far, fairy circles are only known from southwestern Africa around the Namib Desert and from Western Australia near the miners' town of Newman.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190221122954.htm

We get fairy rings on a patch of land near us where we walk the dogs,  they are quite lovely,  but as yet i have not seen any fairies, i do hope the dogs have not eaten them. :o

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Nnicolette

It is a fungus... Not a mystery

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the13bats

We get those mushroom rings a lot, when i was young was when an old neighbor told me about how mushrooms do that, never seen faries though, it's a cool natural phenomenon 

 

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ouija ouija
8 hours ago, sci-nerd said:

Oh look, I found one!!!

It has a little moustache! Are they supposed to have that?!

fairie.jpg.90829a135b4ecf8ca398a295307d7992.jpg

 

Oh for goodness' sake! That's not a fairy it's a gnome. (Or possibly a very old granny fairy).

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Impedancer
12 hours ago, ouija ouija said:

This is a fairy ring! A circle of toadstools that fairies sit on when they have a gathering. :)

image.png.8cfc03c74a866e5515b0c0fa3520177f.png

Jonny cash sang about this in his the fairy ring of fire. ;-)

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