They Pumped 10 Tonnes of Cement into an Ant Hill – Excavating it Reveals Incredible Complexity

Ever wanted to see what the inside of an ant hill looks like? Well how about an ant city? Thanks to ten tonnes of cement, months of work and a dedicated team, we can now see this marvellous excavation created by a ‘super organism’ as it happened!

The excavation involved pouring ten tonnes of cement into the ant hill, which took 3 days! After a month the excavation began and took weeks to complete with the help of mechanical diggers and a great team of people.

They found highways, farming chambers for fungus and dumping grounds for rubbish, basically a whole underground city that looks like it was designed by an architect! In order to make this, ants were carrying loads of earth up to 4X their own weight and a total of 40 tonnes of soils were dumped above ground in building it! The ant hill covers 50 square metres and is 8m deep! That’s the equivalent to humans building the Great Wall of China and is truly amazing to see!

Want to see more like this, check out what happened when molten aluminium was poured down and ant hill!

James Carson graduated from the University of York with a degree in English and History and have a keen interested in both World Wars and popular science - particularly space.