Revealing a Subterranean City: Pouring Cement in an Ant Hill

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February 25, 2013 by katmcdaniel

Public Domain Image via Pixabay

Public Domain Image via Pixabay

Scientists wanted a closer look at the subterranean passageways of an ant colony, so they decided to pour cement down an ant hill and then excavate it. Three days and ten tons of cement later, they had filled the colony. They then waited a month before digging it up. What they found shows a high degree of structure and is quite beautiful. It is also enormous. Please enjoy this marvelous clip from Ants! Nature’s Secret Power with a distinct “Raider’s of the Lost Ark” feel. The entire documentary is available for free viewing on Hulu.

In my mind there is something a bit a chilling about this endeavor, as if it were a reenactment of the disaster at Pompeii featuring ants. It’s hard to be sentimental about ants, but this is uncanny. What do you think?

From Ants! Nature’s Secret Power by Bert Hölldobler.

Video via nevets815 on Youtube.

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