Termite Dirt Mounds Are Essential in Preventing Desertification

February 7, 2015 9:53 PM

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A recent study suggests that termites are of great help when it comes to stopping deserts from spreading into semi-arid ecosystems: termites’ role in preventing desertification involves buffering grasslands from arid land and aerating the soil in order to improve its fertility and make it more useful to man, animals and insects.

One of the most important contribution that termites and their ceaseless activity have is shown in the percentage of arid or semi-arid savannas existent on our planet: 40% of the Earth’s land is a savanna and it supports 38% of the world’s population.

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