Wednesday, April 03, 2013

What's Going On In The Namib Desert?

Stretching along the entire coastline of Namibia is a desert called the Namib Desert. As deserts go, the Namib is somewhat interesting, for not many deserts stretch along entire coastlines, and the terrain of the Namib is dotted with many thousands of patches of bare earth, shaped in circles, some over twenty meters in diameter.

If you *click here*, you can see examples of these “Fairy Circles”. Amazing, dontcha think?

No-one knows exactly how these circles are made, although some Men of Science think they know. One such Man of Science recently discovered that the soil underneath the circles is somewhat damp, and that lots of termites live in it. When it rains (which isn't often) the rain that falls on the circles seeps through the bare soil, for there's no vegetation to absorb the water.

It's this somewhat damp soil that attracts the termites, thinks the above-mentioned Man of Science. He, this Man of Science, says the termites created the bare soil by eating the roots of the vegetation, thereby destroying it. Hence the termites created the conditions for the soil underneath to retain the moisture, making it nice for the termites.

No sooner did this Man of Science proclaim it as the solution of the Fairy Circle mystery, other Men of Science attacked this explanation, saying just because lots of termites live beneath the Fairy Circles, doesn't necessarily mean they caused them.

Other Men of Science have yet other explanations for the Fairy Circles, all equally tortuous. However, none tackle the question: Why are the soil patches round, or at least almost round?

How about that extra-terrestrial flying craft caused the circles? Consider that the soil within the Crop Circles which manifest in England every year, and the soil on which many UFOs have landed, often shows traces of having been subjected to intense laser-like heat.

If, then, extra-terrestrial craft - which have, most of them, been observed to be round - land in the Namib Desert, and emanate laser-like heat on to the soil on which they land, this would kill off the vegetation. Given the desert's aridity, making it so difficult for vegetation to grow, it would be a long, long time before new vegetation replaced the old. Hence the patches of bare earth are round.

Because Namibia, and particularly the Namib Desert, has so few people, it would be perfect for thousands of visiting Extra-Terrestrials to use as a vast landing area with no-one noticing.

They're crafty, those ETs.


  1. Note that the circles are not precisely circular. They were made by a civilisation sufficiently advanced to abandon precision.

    They are just what you say they are - fairy rings. Fairies are not dependent on interstellar transport to get about.

    Termites are distantly related and lay on barbecues for their cousins' visits: note there is no litter.

  2. Because grass tufts in the Namib Desert all have varying sizes of bare earth between them on account of the soil being so arid, a round flying craft ejecting heat on to the ground when landing, wouldn't likely leave behind a completely round impression.

  3. How can ejected heat both scorch a patch and simultaneously stimulate the growth of tufts at its perimeter?

    No, the fairies magically formed soft resting-places(termites work so very hard)and there hosts and guests reclined, exchanging myths and legends by firelight. Deserts, as you know, turn very cold at night.

  4. You plausibly explain the tufts at the perimeters, but not why the shapes are round!!

  5. - All the better to see your loved-ones across the flickering shadows cast by the campfire.