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What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum into an Ant Hill?

In the Stream
By The Editors


   The result is astonishingly beautiful. 

   Ants are amazing creatures and those inward skyscrapers of theirs known as anthills are no less impressive. The largest ant hills are known as super colonies. One colony in Japan was found to include some 306 million worker ants with one million queens. The colony spread over 670 acres and included some 45,000 nests.  And we guarantee that it's run better than the city of Detroit. Such massive scope really is staggering and proof that evolution is magic enough.   
   Not satisfied with Acme Ant Farms, Florida State professor Walter Tschinkel developed an idea to better understand the superstructures that lay hidden just beneath the surface of the Earth. In a strategy that could only be developed while smoking newly legal strains in Colorado, Tschinkel decided to pour molten aluminum into ant hills. The aluminum hardens in mere minutes producing nature's version of a Ca'Rezzonico chandelier. They take hours to excavate but the final result is proof that the hand of mother nature really is the most beautiful sculptor of all. The best we can hope to do is capture her in an imitation that lets our mind rest and ponder on the nature of this temporal existence. Or as George Carlin said:

   “I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It's so fuckin' heroic.” 

   Exactly. Now, where's our Colorado strain? Better call Tschinkel...

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