論文

査読有り
2015年6月

Namibian fairy circles and epithelial cells share emergent geometric order

ECOLOGICAL COMPLEXITY
  • Haozhe Zhang
  • ,
  • Robert Sinclair

22
開始ページ
32
終了ページ
35
記述言語
英語
掲載種別
研究論文(学術雑誌)
DOI
10.1016/j.ecocom.2015.02.001
出版者・発行元
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV

Fairy circles are enigmatic features of the Namib desert landscape. They are large, almost perfectly circular patches of barren soil in sparse grassland. Although a matter of continuing debate, we make no attempt to explain their origin. The focus of our approach is a statistical analysis of the spatial patterns. These are easily accessible via aerial and satellite imagery. Observations over extended periods of time have revealed that they have a life-cycle of birth, growth and death. It has also been known for some time that the fairy circles are not randomly distributed. Our novel finding is that the connectivity patterns of fairy circles and metazoan epithelial cells are statistically indistinguishable, while remaining clearly distinct from other commonly observed polygonal patternings. This result identifies an analogy between the microscopic world of epithelial cells and the macroscopic realm of the Namib, suggesting that approaches developed specifically for the analysis of microscopic structures may extend into ecologically relevant, macroscopic dimensions. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Web of Science ® 被引用回数 : 7

リンク情報
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecocom.2015.02.001
Web of Science
https://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcAuth=JSTA_CEL&SrcApp=J_Gate_JST&DestLinkType=FullRecord&KeyUT=WOS:000356196900004&DestApp=WOS_CPL
URL
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9646-4322
ID情報
  • DOI : 10.1016/j.ecocom.2015.02.001
  • ISSN : 1476-945X
  • eISSN : 1476-9840
  • ORCIDのPut Code : 46052440
  • Web of Science ID : WOS:000356196900004

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