Termite mounds can be seen from space; size of Great Britain

Termite mounds can be seen from space; size of Great Britain
1,000 years and still going strong. The Weather Channel video

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For some 4,000 years, termites have been building a massive and magnificent structure in northeastern Brazil, and until recently, it’s been a well-kept secret.

Scientists have uncovered tens of millions of mysterious cones made of soil, each standing 6 to 13 feet high and 30 feet across at the base, in a largely undisturbed region of Brazil, according to a new paper in Current Biology.

Using satellite imagery, biologist Roy Funch estimated the colossal collection of termite mounds covers over 88,000 square miles — an area roughly the size of Great Britain or the entire state of Oregon — and takes up as much space as 4,000 Great Pyramids.

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