Discovery of fairy circles in Australia supports self-organization theory

  title={Discovery of fairy circles in Australia supports self-organization theory},
  author={Stephan Getzin and Hezi Yizhaq and Bronwyn Bell and Todd E. Erickson and Anthony C. Postle and Itzhak Katra and Omer Tzuk and Yuval R. Zelnik and Kerstin Wiegand and Thorsten Wiegand and Ehud Meron},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={3551 - 3556}
Significance Pattern-formation theory predicts that vegetation gap patterns, such as the fairy circles of Namibia, emerge through the action of pattern-forming biomass–water feedbacks and that such patterns should be found elsewhere in water-limited systems around the world. We report here the exciting discovery of fairy-circle patterns in the remote outback of Australia. Using fieldwork, remote sensing, spatial pattern analysis, mathematical modeling, and pattern-formation theory we show that… 

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