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Cool video of a 538 square foot ant colony

 
 
Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 10:56 pm


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The structure covers 538 square feet and travels 26 feet into the earth. In it’s construction, the colony moved 40 tons of soil. Billions of ant loads of soil were brought to the surface. Each load weighed four times as much as the worker ant, and in human terms, was carried over 1/2 mile to the surface.

In the video, the scientists pour ten tons of liquid concrete into the ant colony, wait several weeks for it to set then excavate it.
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husker
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 11:15 pm
@Robert Gentel,
wow !!!!
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Fri 14 Nov, 2008 11:18 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I was amazed at this when I first saw it on TV a while ago. It's still amazing.

I wonder what they did with the structure once it was uncovered? Was it dis-assembled and moved to a museum somewhere?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 01:28 am
@Robert Gentel,
That's amazing research...but it's sad they killed all the ants.

The few moving around all lost on the cast of their home, dying, were sad.

What a structure, though!!!

Makes me want to do that to a termite mound...
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 01:33 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:
That's amazing research...but it's sad they killed all the ants.


I'm not sure about that one, I've read that they waited for it to be abandoned, but I also saw ants in the video while they were pouring (and the guy who cracked open the acorn didn't seem to mind doing that to their house).
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 01:37 am
@Robert Gentel,
Didn't look abandoned to me.....unless the ants got sick of all the people and moved their queen and all? What a job!!

That acorn one was sad!!!!


Unless....if he put it down, and they could get their queen and babies quickly to another home, they might have been ok.

I mean, the queens start the whole thing off all on their own....dig a hole, and lay eggs, and feed the babies to start with and all.

I'd love to see the structure set up in a museum, or art gallery, or something.

Looks like an alien city from one of the more organic sci fi artists.

If the ants were there, it's be an ant Pompeii.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 07:59 am
@dlowan,
And just think, these structures (or similar structures on a smaller scale) are probably all over the place. Every back yard probably has at least one similar structure only on a smaller scale.

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boomerang
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 08:23 am
@Robert Gentel,
That was absolutely amazing. Thanks for posting it.
chai2
 
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Reply Sat 15 Nov, 2008 08:35 am
@boomerang,
That really was amazing. Makes me think of all the cities under every step we take.

Re the ants being displaced, I heard they were transported to FEMA trailers.
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