Video> Subterranean City of Ants Unearthed

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Unearthing a giant ant colony (Still from video)

Unearthing a giant ant colony (Still from video)

Architecture built by other species can be just as fascinating as our own. Take this excavation of a giant ant colony covering 50 square meters and descending 8 meters into the ground. Researchers filled the (hopefully abandoned) insect city with ten tons of cement and proceeded to excavate the surrounding dirt, revealing hidden tunnels and fungi farms. According to the film, the ant colony was also designed with good ventilation in mind. In all, it’s estimated that the ants moved some 40 tons of earth to create their metropolis. (Via Swiss Miss.)

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2 Responses to “Video> Subterranean City of Ants Unearthed”

  1. Carlton soohoo says:

    This is fascinating. I would love to photograph it in panoramic 360 degree virtual tour photography!

  2. scott says:

    if you want to see humans doing this on a larger scale for themselves, travel to Turkey. there is an ‘underground city” in Cappadocia that will blow your mind. the locals burrowed 7+ stories underground to hide from the pesky Romans.

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