March 28, 2013: A German ecologist believes he has solved the mysteries of the formation so-called "fairy circles" - circular, bare patches of ground dotting a desert region stretching from Angola to Namibia to South Africa. According to him, they are caused by sand termites which by tunneling in the area damage and feed on the plants located within the circle. This causes the circles to act as water traps, which in turn accounts for the luxurious circles of grass at their borders.
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- Obviously, fairies have managed to enter a form of symbiosis with a terrestrial species - in exchange for offering the fairies access to our own world, the termites can feed on the latter's spoor.
- What other species might enter a symbiosis like this? Apart from humans, of course…