Mysterious Fairy Circles in Africa Not Caused by Hungry Termites

May 21, 2014 3:20 PM

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It turns out that the mysterious "fairy circles" in Africa may not be caused by termites after all, despite previous research. Scientists have instead discovered that the strange rings that can be found in African grasslands may be caused by plants in the region.

These "fairy circles" in certain parts of southwest Africa are barren, circular patches. Some only measure a few feet, while others can reach up to 65 feet in diameter. Most of them sport a lush peripheral growth of grass, despite the barren circle in the middle. However, scientists have been unable...

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