"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.
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