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Concrete Cast of Ant Nest Reveals Huge Underground Metropolis

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Lisa Winter

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clockOct 2 2014, 18:54 UTC
2309 Concrete Cast of Ant Nest Reveals Huge Underground Metropolis
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Though above the ground an anthill can be fairly unassuming, the hidden underground network is quite remarkable. Through a process that took a few months, researchers made a cast of an anthill by pumping it full of concrete, allowing it to cure and dry, then excavating it out to explore the intricacies of the ant civilization. 

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It is absolutely incredible how massive this anthill turned out to be. Check it out here:


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