Mysterious fairy circles pop up in western Australia

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Mysterious Fairy Circles Pop Up In Western Australia

For some time, scientists have wondered what causes the mysterious barren dots on the landscape, known as fairy circles, to develop in Namibia.

Now, they have a newly discovered crop of them in Western Australia to explain as well.

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Many theories have been presented, involving both the often puzzling workings of nature and the possibility that there really are magical beasts like dragons wreaking havoc on the landscape.

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Aerial view from hot air balloon over magnificent desert landscape of sand dunes, mountains and Fairy Circles, Namib Rand game reserve Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia, Africa

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The so-called Fairy Circles are circular patches without any vegetation which according to recent scientific studies are caused by the Harvester Termite (Hodotermes mossambicus).

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Aerial view of hot air balloon over Namib desert. The circular patches (aka fairy circles), are derived from any vegetation & surrounded by tall grass. Cause of this phenomenon is unknown. Namib Naukluft NP, Namibia. (PR: Property released)

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Fairy circle, vegetation-free circular barren patch of land, desert, Namib, Hardap Region, Namibia

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

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Aerial view of fairy circles in the Namib Desert near Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. As of 2004 the origin of the circles remains enigmatic.

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Wolwedans, Namibrand is famous for its fairy circles valley. It is circles in the landscape where nothing seems to grow.

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Aerial view of Namib desert. The circular patches aka fairy circles, are derived from any vegetation and surrounded by tall grass.The cause of this phenomenon is unknown. Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia

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Aerial over Namib desert near Sossusvlei, Namibia, showing phenomenon of fairy circles.

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Fairy Circles, Namibia, Africa (Photo by Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images)

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However, only two ideas have gotten a good deal of traction.

One involves termite activity and the other suggests grass and plants are rearranging themselves to maximize what little resources are available.

As termite activity has been largely ruled out as an agent of creation in the Australian fairy circle site, self-organization is emerging as the likely scenario.

Dr. Stephan Getzin from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research is hoping more instances of such developments will be found around the world so a more thorough study can be done but does note, "Discoveries like the Australian fairy circles are extremely rare...."

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