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Cowhorn Valley thistle circles, Inyo Mountains, CA, USA (aerial)

A 100' aerial view overlooking the Cowhorn Valley east of Big Pine, California.  Here one can see large circular scabs of thistle plants w/ dried dead interiors.  I noticed the circular symmetry from ground level as I was hiking out to investigate a sinkhole & I knew I had to get an aerial view.  Look directly below to see me & my shadow for scale.  There is a formation known as fairy circles, bare circles void of vegetation that are found in Southern Africa & Western Australia due to a type of termite.  In satellite imagery of the Cowhorn Valley, there does appear to be scattered barren circles in this exact area - perhaps these are a similar formation.

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 18800x9400
Taken: 17/09/2023
Geüpload: 17/09/2023
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Tags: cowhorn valley; california; thistles; circles; fairy circles; aerial; alluvial fan; mystery
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