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5 Insects You Might Want In Your Machinery

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2. Termites Lead the Way to Gold

As they burrow under the ground, termites gather bits of precious metals and store them in their mounds. Their “discoveries” often indicate that larger deposits could be underneath. Entomologists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have found that, in West Australia, termite mounds contain high concentrations of gold, as well as zinc, magnesium and iron.

The termite “miners” are especially valuable as they can burrow far under the layer of eroded material that now covers more and more of the Australian landscape.

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3:20AM PDT on Apr 4, 2014

Thank you

9:33AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

thank you for the interesting story 1/7

4:36AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

interesting

4:59AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

Interesting and nice that the animals aren't harmed.

9:35AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Interesting!! But leave the worms in the earth where they belong...thanks

2:36AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Thanks

2:35AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

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12:10AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Very interesting. Hope they leave the poor earthworms in peace though.

11:09AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Interesting. Tks.

2:26AM PST on Jan 20, 2013

great stuff ! thanks for sharing

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