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Scientists May Have Cracked
'Fairy Circle' Mystery
Apr 18, 2021 4:31 PM CDT
Scientists May Have Cracked 'Fairy Circle' Mystery
Microbes inside grassless circles appear to inhibit seedling growth, researchers say
- Scientists in Australia believe they may have an explanation for the "fairy circle" phenomenon, and it doesn't involve termites—or fairies. The researchers say soil microbes appear to be a major contributor to the grassless circles long considered one of nature's greatest mysteries , the
New York Times
Theory May Finally Explain
Fabled 'Fairy Circles'
Jan 19, 2017 9:54 AM CST
Theory May Finally Explain Fabled 'Fairy Circles'
It's a combo of plants and termites
- Scientists are always crashing the party when they bring the likeliest but often mundane reasons for mysterious phenomena. Such is the case in Namibia, where so-called "fairy circles" that pockmark the desert are now being explained in the journal
as not the footprints of gods or poisoned patches...
'One of Nature's
Appears in Australia
Mar 16, 2016 1:33 AM CDT
'One of Nature's Greatest Mysteries' Appears in Australia
No one knows what's causing the so-called fairy circles
- The fairy circles of Namibia—believed to be unique in the natural world—have long been "one of nature's greatest mysteries," according to a recently published study . Then they turned up thousands of miles away in Australia. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,"...
Scientists Make Amazing
'Fairy Circle' Finding
Apr 12, 2015 8:33 AM CDT
Scientists Make Amazing 'Fairy Circle' Finding
The circles' layout matches those of skin cells
- The Namibian desert is home to what are called " fairy circles ": strange formations of grassless earth surrounded by grass. Almost perfect circles, they're the subject of local myths, the BBC reports. Researchers still don't know what causes them, but new findings could help them figure it...
May 20, 2014 1:22 PM CDT
Study Debunks Fairy Circle Theories
Termites, underground gases don't deserve the credit
- The upshot of the latest study on the enigmatic "fairy circles" that appear in Southwest Africa: "Their mystery remains as yet unresolved." But scientists have been able to rule out one of the leading hypotheses, which fingered termites as the likeliest creators . A 2013 study found evidence...
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