Termite mounds can help prevent desertification

February 8, 2015 3:00 PM

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Termites can play a major role in preventing desertification, as the termite mounds act as a natural barrier to the spread of deserts encroaching on less arid landscapes. In fact, regions like savannas that have termite mounds have been observed to flourish with much less rainfall compared to the similar regions not having any termite mounds nearby, according to the Princeton University researchers.

The scientists explained that semi-arid ecosystems in regions like Asia, Africa and South America benefit from termite species. Presence of these little species helps support these regions when it comes to halting spread of deserts.

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