In debate over origin of fairy circles, both sides might be right

Weirdly regular bald spots in dry grasslands may arise from both plant and termite competitions

fairy circles

WHODUNIT  Called fairy circles, the mysterious patches of bare soil in the Namib Desert may form thanks to a mix of fighting termites and competing plants, scientists propose.

Jen Guyton

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