Monday, April 15, 2013

Ants And Earthquakes

Ants And Earthquakes:

A recent paper linking red wood ant behaviour to earthquakes has been widely reported but not widely discussed.  Such discussion and comment as there has been in the media has focused on the mechanism/s by which these ants might predict earthquakes.  I believe that there is an important question to be addressed which may help explain the evolution of quake-detection mechanisms.  Given that these ants seem to prefer to build their colonies along active faults, I suggest that the question to be addressed is: "why would any creature build its home on an active fault line?"


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