Termite Mega-City That ‘Dwarfs Any City Humans Have Ever Built’ Leaves Scientists Baffled


Now that’s what you call a mega city!

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When it comes to creating structures, termites are among the most amazing creatures.

They are the only animals that can build enormous spires out of saliva and mud fragments. Given that they are just about 1.3 cm long, not terrible.

The termite metropolis that one colony in northern Brazil constructed, however, rivals anything that people have ever created.

But isn’t this relative, surely? It must be because they are such tiny creatures and the quantity of structure required would be far greater than their body size.

Nope. This is in absolute terms. Gram for gram.

In actuality, 4,000 Great Pyramids of Giza’s worth of earth were discovered to have been dug from the site. Quite a few pyramids, in fact.

The mounds actually occupy an area of over 230,000 sq km (88,000 square miles), which is just little less than the area occupied by Britain, according to a satellite map.

The structure, which scientists claim to be the largest of its sort ever discovered, has left them perplexed. Additionally, some of the mounds date back thousands of years.

Additionally, it demonstrates the significant influence even a small animal may have on the surroundings of the natural world.

Stephen J Martin, an entomologist at the University of Salford who specialises in social insects, said: “Imagine it being a city. We’ve never built a city that big.”

Biologist Roy Funch added: “I don’t think anyone has ever seen such a modification of the landscape at such a huge scale by such tiny little creatures.”

Even more astounding is the fact that we have only just begun to explore the termite kingdom. We are aware that they constructed the mounds, but not so much where the actual colonies were located.

The termites themselves do not reside in the mounds, as previously believed, nor do they use them for ventilation.

Investigating the ground is a difficult task since termites are upset when you begin to dig. They dispatch aggressive soldier termites to neutralise the danger. They’re able to bite you.

It is thought that the oldest mound in the metropolis is 3,800 years old.

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Wild bear in Magic Kingdom forces multiple ride closures at Disney World

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The closure of at least 10 attractions in the Frontierland, Adventureland, and Liberty Square sectors was brought on by the discovery of a wild bear inside the park on Monday morning, according to EW. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, officials with the FWC Law Enforcement Division and biologists with the Bear Management Programme are “working on capturing and relocating the bear,” which they believe was likely roaming the park in search of food.

The Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and the train ride that circuits the entire park with a stop on the west end of the park were among the rides and experiences that were impacted, according to the My Disney Experience app.

In order to learn more, EW has contacted a resort representative.

After a squirrel rode the Magic Kingdom’s venerable Carousel of Progress ride in July, the bear’s appearance this month marks the second unwanted animal to crash the park this year.

A new roller coaster inspired on the Tron movie series just debuted somewhere in Magic Kingdom. Imagineer Chris Beatty hinted at upcoming upgrades in an interview with EW related to the attraction when asked about concept art for a villains-themed area to be displayed at the 2022 D23 event.

“[The villains concept] got pretty good applause,” he admits. “We took note of how loud the applause was when we announced that.”

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