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"the hard soil crust within the circles was almost impermeable to rainfall – all the water pouring into this area flowed towards the periphery, where the thirsty plants await. “That gave us clear hints that the gaps serve as a source of water for the vegetation,” Getzin says."

"the hard soil crust within the circles was almost impermeable to rainfall – all the water pouring into this area flowed towards the periphery, where the thirsty plants await. “That gave us clear hints that the gaps serve as a source of water for the vegetation,” Getzin says."

Fairy Circles, Namibia- Fairy circles are mysterious patches of bare soil that appear in otherwise lush African grassland. Fly from Angola to South Africa and you’ll see thousands of these patches, which can sometimes measure 30 feet across. Scientists believe that termites live under these circles and consume the vegetation within, so that rain keeps the soil moist.

Fairy Circles, Namibia- Fairy circles are mysterious patches of bare soil that appear in otherwise lush African grassland. Fly from Angola to South Africa and you’ll see thousands of these patches, which can sometimes measure 30 feet across. Scientists believe that termites live under these circles and consume the vegetation within, so that rain keeps the soil moist.

Scientists think they can explain the formation of mysterious ‘fairy circles’ in the Namibian desert

The riddle of the sands

Scientists think they can explain the formation of mysterious ‘fairy circles’ in the Namibian desert

The fairy circles have baffled scientists for decades and often form in hotspots along a 1,242 mile stretch of desert. Local legends suggest they are the footprints left behind by gods, as the image above illustrates

Stunning images reveal astonishing extent of Namibia's fairy circles

The fairy circles have baffled scientists for decades and often form in hotspots along a 1,242 mile stretch of desert. Local legends suggest they are the footprints left behind by gods, as the image above illustrates

NAMIBIAN FAIRY CIRCLE MYSTERY SOLVED Fairy circles are typically circular barren patches of land that are usually found in the grasslands of western Southern Africa. | www.frontiergap.com | #science #nature #Namibia

NAMIBIAN FAIRY CIRCLE MYSTERY SOLVED Fairy circles are typically circular barren patches of land that are usually found in the grasslands of western Southern Africa. | www.frontiergap.com | #science #nature #Namibia

No one knows what causes "fairy circles" in Namibia's desert. A new study, however, may have solved the mystery.

Namibia's 'fairy circles': Nature's greatest mystery? - CNN.com

No one knows what causes "fairy circles" in Namibia's desert. A new study, however, may have solved the mystery.

Aerial view from hot air balloon over magnificent desert landscape covered in 'Fairy Circles', Namib Rand game reserve Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia, Africa

Aerial view from hot air balloon over magnificent desert landscape covered in 'Fairy Circles', Namib Rand game reserve Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia, Africa

Mysterious Fairy Circles In African Deserts  Lazer Horse

Mysterious Fairy Circles In African Deserts Lazer Horse

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