A Unified Theory of Fairy Circle Formation

The mysterious fairy circles that form regular hexagonal patterns in the Namibian desert have long mystified researchers.

Thousands of bare patches arranged in a grid and measuring anywhere from six to over a hundred feet in diameter speckle the desert throughout the country. A similar phenomenon was recently documented in Western Australia as well. To date, their origin is still unknown — the fairy circles are held to be the footprints of the gods by the native Himba, or the result of no

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