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Juergens, N. 2014. Exploring common ground for different hypotheses on Namib fairy circles. Ecography. doi: 10.1111/ecog.01232


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Exploring common ground for different hypotheses on Namib fairy circles.

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Th e spatial patterns formed by thousands of red-brown fairyrncircles (FCs) amidst green or yellow Namib Desert grasslandrnoff er a majestic landscape view. Th ese FCs are not simply circular gaps in the grass vegetation. Each of these bare circles forms an oasis that stores water in its soil evenrnduring extended periods of drought and over many years (Juergens 2013). Together with the surrounding belts of grass they form' fairy circle ecosystems 'that enable perennial life of many organisms thereby increasing biodiversity by one or two magnitudes if compared to the surrounding desert (Juergens 2013). At the same time they are the subject of a scientifi c puzzle and an ongoing debate on the causation of the circles.

Year: 2014

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ecog.01232/abstract


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