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4,000-year-old termite mounds still in use


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Researchers reporting in Current Biology on November 19 have found that a vast array of regularly spaced, still-inhabited termite mounds in northeastern Brazil—covering an area the size of Great Britain—are up to about 4,000 years old.

The mounds, which are easily visible on Google Earth, are not nests. Rather, they are the result of the insects' slow and steady excavation of a network of interconnected underground tunnels. The termites' activities over thousands of years has resulted in huge quantities of soil deposited in approximately 200 million cone-shaped mounds, each about 2.5 meters tall and 9 meters across.

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-year-old-termite-mounds-brazil-visible.html

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Termite-atopolis.

If a termite is roughly half an inch long, that makes them about 1/250th human scale. So that would be like a city covering half of Asia on human scale.

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A lot of stuff is visible from 'space' if you have the right optics.

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