Are the famous African fairy circles proof that gods and dragons and other supernatural beings once mingled with humans or is there more to the story? The fairy circles have puzzled the scientific community for some time now, but a team of researchers might have come up with a plausible theory that may explain how and why these mysterious patches appear.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term of ‘fairy circles’, here are a couple of interesting facts. Some time ago, scientists found some strange areas in the desert of Namibia, which contained huge circles.
Although the vegetation outside the circle was thriving, there was nothing even close to resembling plant life inside the circle. These barren circles varied in diameter – the smallest one discovered had a little over 6 feet in diameter, while the biggest one had approximately 100 feet.
According to the local folklore, these land formations are called fairy circles, and many myths have been created in an attempt to explain their origin and function. For example, some of the tribes living in the Namibian desert believe that these fairy circles are places of great magical power. Others tend to believe that these are the footsteps of gods from time immemorial when deities mingled with human beings.
On the other hand, according to some stories, these fairy circles have been created by a terrible dragon who lives underground. Each time the dragon breaths, its poisonous breath kills everything in the area.
However, a team of scientists might have come up with a theory that explains why these fairy circles occur. Corina Tarnita is the author of a new study focused on the mysterious fairy circles.
The researcher declared that the occurrence of these strange formations is credited to a collaboration between plant and animal life. As the scientist explained, the shapes of these barren patches are not random, and that they can be easily explained when factoring in termites and plants.
Tarnita, the study’s author, declared that there are several species of termites in that area that construct their lair underneath the fairy circles and would often venture far beyond their hive. The vegetation surrounding the circles are in tight competition for water. This means that their roots will be arranged as not to touch the roots of other competitors.
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