Termites Viewed From Space

Termite Mound

Top: Termite Mound in Brazil
Bottom: Mounds as seen on Google Earth
Photo: Roy Richard Funch*

The dry area in Northeast Brazil contains unique habitat and dense vegetation that hinders human activity. The area contains large termite mounds 2 to 4 meters tall. The mounds are old and originally built by Syntermes dirus termites. As they mature, the mounds may be inhabited by other termite species or ants. The number of mounds is estimated at over 90 million. The mounds went unreported until 1985 but are large enough to be seen on Google Earth which is useful for identifying the location and numbers of mounds.

*Roy Richard Funch. 2015. Termite mounds as dominant land forms in semiarid northeastern Brazil. Journal of Arid Environments 122 (2015) 27e29
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.05.010

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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