Unfortunately, we can’t blame beings from other planets this time either.
We always curse them, even though we haven’t seen them. Well lie. The cinema has already shown us aliens on other occasions, but the reality is less interesting. If you ever want to blame the aliens, you’d better think of another motive. In this case, some mysterious circles offer us a different perspective of one of the most important living species of the planet. Find out below.
Neither fairies, nor aliens nor termites: this is the true reason for the formation of the famous circles in Namibia
it had speculatedeliminating the alien theory, that the termites they could be behind the strange circular formations that have emerged in the NamibRand Nature Reserve in the African country. Nothing is further from reality. On this occasion, according to the study published in Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, we have learned that they are the floors the ones that seem have caused this unusual phenomenon.
It is now, when the team led by Stephan Getzina member of the University of Göttingen, has seen how one of his thesis to be the correct. At the time, in a research on australian soilit has already been speculated that the plants were arranged in these curious ways to be able to feed on the scarce rainwater and make the most of it. The researcher affirms:
Termite constructions can occur in the area of the circles, but the relationship between the circles and the termites is not causal. Destructive mechanisms, such as those of termites, are not necessary for what are known as ‘fairy circles’ to form. Plant-soil hydrological interactions are sufficient by themselves.
Now, Getzin’s team has traveled to Namibia and has been able to verify how the roots of the plants have not been altered for any kind of insect herbivorous. The next step in the research will be to study the intelligence of this type of plant that populates the nature reserve and that has already been dubbed ‘ecosystem engineers’. Getzin concludes:
Plants act like beavers, being ecosystem engineers, because the only way to survive is to form optimal and strictly geometric patterns.