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06-29-2012, 01:27 AM #1
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Mysterious African 'Fairy Circles' Stump Scientists

Quote:Small fairy circles stick around an average of 24 years, while larger ones can exist as long as 75 years, according to research detailed today (June 27) in the journal PLoS ONE. Still, the study sheds little light on why the circles form, persist and then vanish into the landscape after decades.

Few researchers have studied fairy circles, in part because of their remoteness, 111 miles (180 km) from the nearest village.

By comparing satellite images from 2004 and 2008, he found that circles are quite stable, popping up at nearly their full size, or growing quickly to full size once they get started. The smallest are about 6.5 feet (2 meters) in diameter, while the largest can be almost 40 feet (12 m) across. Winds scour the bare areas of soil, turning them into slight depressions. Eventually plants move back in, recolonizing the circles and leaving only slightly indented "ghost circles" behind.

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06-29-2012, 02:26 AM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Very cool! My immediate thought was this:


06-29-2012, 03:03 AM #3
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I have a liking of faeries. I have one in my garden, flying away with a strawberry.
06-29-2012, 03:07 AM #4
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I used to dream about them as a kid, I think I had a secret crush on Tinkerbell, but she was too small for me even at 6. chuckle.gif

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06-29-2012, 03:12 AM #6
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(06-29-2012, 03:07 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  I used to dream about them as a kid, I think I had a secret crush on Tinkerbell, but she was too small for me even at 6. chuckle.gif


Tinkerbell was the first woman's libber I experienced, she was a member of Peter Pan's troup and didn't take any guff. You picked a goodun.
06-29-2012, 03:14 AM #7
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We have dish-washing soap named Fairy. I don't want to hear about your old girlfriends anymore JR slap.gif


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Anyway, back to my ant theory. I was thinking if the circles stay grass free from 24-75 years, is it possible the formic acid from the ants would keep it from growing that long?


06-29-2012, 03:17 AM #8
Kreeper Griobhtha
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I say fairy circle and you automatically think swirling death circle of army ants?


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06-29-2012, 03:18 AM #9
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(06-29-2012, 03:07 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  I used to dream about them as a kid, I think I had a secret crush on Tinkerbell, but she was too small for me even at 6. chuckle.gif


At least you weren't too small for her. Just sayin'.


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06-29-2012, 03:20 AM #10
Octo Mother Superior
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Oh look at your cute little fairy mushrooms! yay.gif


Are you going to fly out a window now? 13.gif

06-29-2012, 03:22 AM #11
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(06-29-2012, 03:18 AM)Kreeper Wrote:  
(06-29-2012, 03:07 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  I used to dream about them as a kid, I think I had a secret crush on Tinkerbell, but she was too small for me even at 6. chuckle.gif


At least you weren't too small for her. Just sayin'.


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Is this the truth Jay?
06-29-2012, 03:23 AM #12
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Wow, growing up in Indiana, I stumbled upon one very similar to that.

Quote:For centuries, the sudden and rapid eruption of circles of mushrooms from the soil led people to believe that dark or terrible forces were at work. Lightning strikes, meteorites, shooting stars, earthly vapours, and witches have all been proposed as agents of their origin.

In France fairy rings were called sorcerers' rings and in Austria, witches' rings. A Tyrolean legend claims that the rings were burned into the ground by the fiery tail of a dragon. In Holland they were said to be the marks where the Devil rested his milk churn. In Europe, the belief that fungi were the work of evil spirits or witches persisted well into the 19th century.

In England, as their name suggests, they were places where fairies come to dance. The mushrooms around the perimeter were seats where the sprites could rest after their exertions. People in rural England claimed to have seen fairies dancing at fairy rings as recently as the start of the twentieth century.

One common theme in all these traditions is the belief that dire consequences await anyone foolhardy enough to enter a fairy ring. Trespassers would be struck blind or lame, or even disappear to become slaves in the fairies' underground realm. In Wales the rings were associated with fertility and doom, and anyone foolish enough to plow one up would incur the wrath of the fairies. It was also widely believed that if animals grazed within a fairy ring their milk would putrefy.

On the positive side, fairy rings were said to bring good luck to houses built in fields where they occur. In another tradition, the rings were sites of buried treasure, but there was a catch—the treasure could only be retrieved with the help of fairies or witches.

The name fairy ring comes from an old folk-tale. People once believed that mushrooms growing in a circle followed the path made by fairies dancing in a ring. Fairy rings are found in open grassy places and in forests.
http://www.morelmushroomhunting.com/fairy_ring.htm

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06-29-2012, 03:24 AM #13
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(06-29-2012, 03:22 AM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  
(06-29-2012, 03:18 AM)Kreeper Wrote:  
(06-29-2012, 03:07 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  I used to dream about them as a kid, I think I had a secret crush on Tinkerbell, but she was too small for me even at 6. chuckle.gif


At least you weren't too small for her. Just sayin'.


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Is this the truth Jay?


Well, yes it is. 12.gif

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06-29-2012, 03:25 AM #14
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Nah

static electricity cause by swirling winds and the fibrous particles charge the soil in areas where the black sand is accumulated densely . Black sand is Tungsten.

discharge rate, can take years.

grass seed will not germinate in adverse magnetic field.

earth is a Pop tart, waiting to tingle the tongue.

06-29-2012, 03:26 AM #15
Kreeper Griobhtha
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THIS is a fairy ring!


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