Sand Origin

Silver Sands, Aldinga Beach

Random Sand Fact

Have you seen or heard of  “fairy circles” in sand?

Perfectly constructed patterns can be found in the sand of the Australian outback. Regular hexagonal formations of barren red sand between patches of scarce vegetation. The phenomenon was until recently thought only to exist in Namibia.

Scientists studied mathematics, biology, ecology, and entomology to solve the “fairy circles” mystery. And came up with an explanation.

Forget the mythical stories of dragons and gods, of fairies, or explanations of termites creating it. Instead, it’s a genius way for Mother Nature to self-organize so that life can survive in harsh environments.

Bigger hands than humans also draw patterns in the sand!

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