Mysterious “fairy circles,” patterns of bare soil surrounded by vegetation, have long intrigued scientists and nature enthusiasts. Originally discovered in Europe, where they are typically surrounded by mushrooms, these circles have sparked debates about their origins. Recent research suggests that fairy circles may exist in more places around the world than previously thought.
While fairy circles were initially thought to be limited to the Namib Desert in Africa and the Australian outback, a new study published suggests they could be found in up to 15 different countries across three continents. The study used artificial intelligence to analyze satellite images worldwide, searching for formations resembling the fairy circles in Australia and the Namib Desert.
These potential locations for fairy circles include areas in Namibia, the western Sahara Desert, the Horn of Africa, Madagascar, southwestern Asia, and central Australia. Understanding the various environments where fairy circles exist could provide valuable insights into their origins.
Previous studies have suggested that fairy circles in the Namib Desert are created by sand termites, and current evidence supports this hypothesis. However, other possible explanations, including supernatural origins, have been proposed. Regardless, science continues to investigate these intriguing natural formations, with sand termites remaining a prominent candidate for their creation.
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