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The best way to see the fairy circles is from the sky. The smallest circles are approximately 5 feet (1.5 m) across. But some get as large as 130 feet (40 m) across.

The Namib Desert is a hash place to live. Temperatures can get to a high of 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60°C). And some spots get less than 0.4 inches (1 cm) of rain every year. Despite that, some plants are able to grow and thrive there. But the plants have had to adapt to the desert’s dry conditions. Plants that cannot adapt die off.

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Making Connections


Which explanation of how fairy circles form do you think is most likely to be correct?


The fairy circles appear in the Namib Desert. Have you read other books about deserts? What did you learn?


Computers help scientists analyze the patterns of fairy circles. Can you think of other tasks scientists use computers for?

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