Termites may be the culprit behind desert "fairy circles"

03/28/2013 | LiveScience.com

Researchers have linked termites to mysterious grassless rings that have become a feature of the Namib Desert in southwest Africa, according to a study published in the journal Science. Known as "fairy circles," the patches appear in patterns across a narrow strip of the desert and can often be present for decades. The study established a pattern between the fairy circles and the prevalence of sand termites and surmises that the insects are feeding on grass roots, possibly causing the patterns.

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