Google Maps natural phenomenon ‘fairy circles’ in the Namib Desert | Travel News | Travel
Google Maps Street View is often a way to see the world as well as many online users who plan routes and directions with it.
It also revealed some of the world’s craziest natural phenomena that can’t be explained.
One of them is something dubbed “fairy circles” that have been spotted in the Namib Desert before.
But the origin of the circles has baffled scientists for years.
Appearing as raised circles in the desert formed from soil and vegetation, one often wonders why they form this way.
Scientists believe they are caused by termites, which New Scientists say is due to them “clearing vegetation in the area around their nests”.
The bare circles in the middle then trap the falling water, creating the ring shapes.
The second theory of their origin is that of the natural competition of plants trying to find moisture and shade.
A study from Princeton University found that both theories might be partially true after analyzing the circles.
Study researcher Juan Bonachela, a theoretical ecologist at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, said: “Our results harmonize the two theories and find a possible explanation for the regular vegetation patterns observed around the world.”
Until 2014, circles were only found in the Namib Desert. Fairy circles have since been spotted in other parts of the world such as Australia.
This caused problems for the termite theory, as the creatures were not found in Australia.