Google Maps: What causes the fairy circles in the Namib Desert?
One of those is something dubbed “fairy circles” which have previously been spotted in the Namib Desert.
But the origin of the circles has baffled scientists for years.
Scientists believe that they are caused by termites
The bare circles in the middle then trap water that falls, creating the ring shapes.
The second theory of their origin is that of the natural competition of plants which attempt to find moisture and shade.
Google Maps: The fairy circles appear in ring shapes but their origin is unknown
Until 2014, the circles were only found in the Namib desert. The fairy circles have since been spotted in other parts of the world such as Australia.
This has caused problems for the termite theory, due to the creatures not being found in Australia.
Google Maps: Whilst found in the Namib Desert, they are also in Australia
It isn’t the only bizarre natural mystery found on Google Maps.
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