4,000-Year-Old Termite Mounds Can Be Seen On Google Earth

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Researchers discovered millions of termite mounds believed to be nearly 4,000 years old in a Brazilian forest.

Research published in Current Biology says there are about 200 million of them spanning across an area the size of Great Britain in Northeast Brazil.

Roy Funch of Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana in Brazil said “This is apparently the world’s most extensive bioengineering effort by a single insect species”.

The termite species is responsible for the massive network of tunnels that excavated enough soil to build 4,000 great pyramids of Giza, according to Stephen Martin of the University of Salford in the U.K.

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An aerial photo taken by a drone shows large termite mounds spread across a remote Brazilian forest. Researchers say some are nearly 4,000 years old. (Photo: Courtesy of Jaime Sampaio)
The lighter land seen in this Google Earth image is where vegetation has been cleared, allowing researchers to spot the termite mounds from space. (Google Earth)

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