What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminium Into an Ant Hill?

Walter Tschinkel is a professor and always looking down, why? Because he loves ants, they fascinate him so much he has made numerous castings made of aluminium to show just how incredible these natural architects are!

In this video, he pours aluminium down an ant hill, several feel deep, and after a few minutes, the 7 hour excavation begins. He shows us a major highway leading to seed stores and other ‘rooms’, many tunnels which in addition to access,  provide ventilation for the entire hill, clever  right!

All of professor Tschinkel’s Aluminium castings of Ant hills show amazing things, they show us the differences between the hills created by other species in size and form, but all of them are in their own rights art. Ants truly are nature’s greatest builders!

Want to see more like this?  Check out the giant ant colony being excavated using ten tonnes of cement!

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.