"A German scientist thinks he can now explain the strange rings of grass that cover great swathes of desert-margin land in southwestern Africa.
These so-called fairy circles have variously been pinned on the presence of other, poisonous plants, on ants, and even toxic gases rising from below.
But Norbert Juergens says the one ever-present factor is sand termites.
The creatures have engineered the rings to maintain a supply of water in their environment, he tells Science magazine."
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