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Fairy circles are cropping up everywhere and nobody knows why

By T.K. Randall
September 29, 2023 · Comment icon 13 comments

What causes these patterns to form ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Stephan Getzin
These mysterious circular-shaped patches of ground are starting to appear at sites all over the world.
The phenomenon, which was previously thought to be confined to the deserts of Namibia and Australia, has since been found to be far more widespread with over 263 sites identified worldwide so far.

The circles appear as flattened, barren patches of ground that can number in the thousands and that are situated only a few feet apart, producing a polka-dot formation over a wide area.

They also seem to appear primarily in dry, barren and inhospitable regions of the world.
Several theories have been put forward to explain them ranging from the behavior of termites to plant toxins, but none of these explanations have proven definitively conclusive.

Exactly why fairy circles are becoming increasingly widespread also remains a mystery.

"We conducted a global and systematic assessment of fairy circle-like vegetation patterns and discovered hundreds of [fairy-circle]-like locations on three continents," scientists headed up by environmental scientist Emilio Guirado wrote in a new paper.

"Our study provides insights into the ecology and biogeography of these fascinating vegetation patterns and the first atlas of their global distribution."

Source: Indy 100 | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 9 months ago
263 locations where they exist and yet, no one can figure out what they are? - unless you believe in fairies
Comment icon #5 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 9 months ago
I actually saw a Fairie the other day here in Korea!!!!!!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dejarma 9 months ago
scientists are not baffled... prove they are,, name a scientist that is 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 9 months ago
Can you solve the mystery by telling us what makes them and how they are made?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dejarma 9 months ago
Comment icon #9 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 9 months ago
Thanks for your candor!!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Herr Falukorv 8 months ago
This is explained long ago.. I have even seen a documentary about them.. Think it was on netflix. Its termites..
Comment icon #11 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 8 months ago
Comment icon #12 Posted by Herr Falukorv 8 months ago
Im not sure but it might have been this one..   Yes it is this one  I remember now
Comment icon #13 Posted by Grim Reaper 6 8 months ago
Thank you very much I appreciate it!!

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