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NAMIBIAN “FAIRIES” MAY ACTUALLY BE TERMITES


Namibian “Fairies” May Actually Be Termites

Numerous hypotheses have been proposed to explain the origins of the bare desert patches known as fairy circles, but one scientist thinks he has found the culprit: termites. After years of research, he has come to the conclusion that Psammotermes allocerus clears these patches of ground in order to maintain a water supply in the arid environment. He contends that they eat the roots of short-lived grasses, creating round, bare patches of sandy earth that then collect water just below the surface. This water supports both the termite populations and perennial grasses that grow at the circles’ edges. More… Discuss