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      Original Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2002 22:15:53 +0200 (CEST)

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      Posted Aug 29.02

      Mystery Of Australian Farm Rings Finally Solved
      [Original headline: Alien rings mystery solved]

      Mysterious rings which appeared almost overnight on a Victorian farm
      had UFO hunters speculating that alien craft had touched down.

      Up to 40 rings, ranging from less than a metre to more than 20m across
      had Campbells Bridge farmer Bruce Hemley baffled.

      Residents of nearby Stawell drew links with unexplained lights over
      the Grampians.

      Some muttered about farmer Hemley going on midnight jaunts spraying
      weed killer to make the circles.

      "I've got better bloody things to do with my time," Mr Hemley said
      yesterday. "I put a mob of sheep in there the other week and noticed
      these circles where it looks like something has killed off the grass.
      Some of them were fully circular but not quite perfect."

      The weird patterns last week pricked the ears of the Department of
      Natural Resources and Environment and they sent pastoral expert Hayley
      Johnson. But even Ms Johnson was initially stumped.

      "At first I had no idea what they could be, I hadn't seen them
      before," Ms Johnson said.

      A ring-around of some DNRE veterans soon found the answer. The cause
      was found to be a simple subterranean fungi, which radiates in almost
      perfect symmetry as it grows and starves pasture of moisture.

      "They are known as fairy rings because in the olden days they used to
      think the fairies had been dancing around in circles," Ms Johnson

      Mr Hemley said he never believed fairies or spacecraft were the cause.

      "Nothing could have landed there because, as I pointed out, there was
      a tree in the middle of one of the circles."

      Original story published by:
      The Mercury, Hobart, Tas / Australia | Mak Dunn - Aug 30.02

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