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Ant and Ant Hills

Updated on March 14, 2016
An ant hill.
An ant hill. | Source
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A tree on an anthill.An partially dug out ant hill. Ant Hill and Kiln (Clay mixed with water, compressed into rectangular or whatever shape desired, air dried and are placed in a Kiln as shown and subjected to controlled temperatures to remove excess moisture and enable chemical reactions to occur.Bricks made from the clay from the ant hill. The quality will vary.
A tree on an anthill.
A tree on an anthill. | Source
An partially dug out ant hill.
An partially dug out ant hill. | Source
Ant Hill and Kiln (Clay mixed with water, compressed into rectangular or whatever shape desired, air dried and are placed in a Kiln as shown and subjected to controlled temperatures to remove excess moisture and enable chemical reactions to occur.
Ant Hill and Kiln (Clay mixed with water, compressed into rectangular or whatever shape desired, air dried and are placed in a Kiln as shown and subjected to controlled temperatures to remove excess moisture and enable chemical reactions to occur. | Source
Bricks made from the clay from the ant hill. The quality will vary.
Bricks made from the clay from the ant hill. The quality will vary. | Source

Why ants are important

An ant is tiny and a very annoying creature to many (both animals and man) and yet is capable of doing great things. We owe our existence to these little creatures. Ants play a very important role in our environment. Here are some ways the ants are very useful.

  • Ants break down large plant matter into tiny bits and pieces that can then be easily broken down naturally or decompose and release nutrients back into the soil.
  • Ants are hard workers and as they move around, they create channels or compartments which allows air to flow through the soil. The soil is aerated, thereby creating a favorable environment for creatures under the ground to survive and plants to grow well.

  • Ants have been used for healing and medicinal purpose.
  • Ants occur in nature in large quantities and therefore are an ideal food source for the animals high up in the food chain.
  • Ants, how they work and how they live is an inspiration to humans especially in work or business models. Buildings are designed based on how ants build their home and how the temperature is regulated in cold and hot conditions.
  • Most importantly ants make readily available construction material. In some parts of the world example in Africa because of the extremes in temperature, the ants have adapted very well by creating homes underground with very stable temperature that is very stable throughout their lifetime. In building their homes, they also provide material for human beings to build their homes. As they go about digging underground, they bring to the surface of the ground excess soil. The soil piles get bigger and bigger and can eventually get as big as a hill. The hill is known as ant hill. The ant hill composed of material that is very useful for making bricks. The pile composed manly of clay. Clay is a mineral (secondary) which is excavated and used for bricks, pottery etc. The ants have done humans a favor by piling a mixture of clay and sand granules of almost fine and uniform sizes on the surface. This material is mixed with water to make bricks or mud blocks. So much time is saved in brick making as the soil is already sieved and made available on the surface. For persons not very experienced in identifying clay soils an ant hill saved them all the time and trouble. Ant hills not only are source of material for building but they are also utilized in other ways as shown below.

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An ant Hill, the color of the hill depends on the colour of the soil.Ant hills form in all sorts of sizes and shapes and colour. Here are grey ones forming in an area that is usually water logged in wet season.The size and shapes vary.
An ant Hill, the color of the hill depends on the colour of the soil.
An ant Hill, the color of the hill depends on the colour of the soil. | Source
Ant hills form in all sorts of sizes and shapes and colour. Here are grey ones forming in an area that is usually water logged in wet season.
Ant hills form in all sorts of sizes and shapes and colour. Here are grey ones forming in an area that is usually water logged in wet season. | Source
The size and shapes vary.
The size and shapes vary. | Source
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An ant hilltop flattened and used as a tee box in Golf.An ant hilltop flattened, a bar or an outdoor shelter is built on it.An ant hilltop flattened and header tank.An ant hill plus some water equals a slippery slide for kids to play on.A rope tied to tree roots on an ant hill is ideal for kids to practice outdoor climbing.  An ant hill as part of the garden.An ant hill, with steps and used as platform for sitting and watching games.
An ant hilltop flattened and used as a tee box in Golf.
An ant hilltop flattened and used as a tee box in Golf. | Source
An ant hilltop flattened, a bar or an outdoor shelter is built on it.
An ant hilltop flattened, a bar or an outdoor shelter is built on it. | Source
An ant hilltop flattened and header tank.
An ant hilltop flattened and header tank. | Source
An ant hill plus some water equals a slippery slide for kids to play on.
An ant hill plus some water equals a slippery slide for kids to play on. | Source
A rope tied to tree roots on an ant hill is ideal for kids to practice outdoor climbing.
A rope tied to tree roots on an ant hill is ideal for kids to practice outdoor climbing. | Source
An ant hill as part of the garden.
An ant hill as part of the garden. | Source
An ant hill, with steps and used as platform for sitting and watching games.
An ant hill, with steps and used as platform for sitting and watching games. | Source

Ant Hills - Physical Appearance and Uses.

Ant hills are found in different colours. The colour vary and depend on the colour of the soil of the area. The hills are well compacted and are solid and therefore are not easily weathered by rain and strong winds. The structure is firm and can not collapse easily.

Ant hills are usually not removed or destroyed by humans because;

  1. of fear of ant invasion of homes and properties.
  2. of their importance as source of material for building and pottery in the future.
  3. Ant hills are also homes to ants and therefore are respected, left alone and not disturbed.
  4. they are ideal as part of the garden in a property or part of a landscape eg. in a golf course.
  5. they are ideal pla ground for kids.
  6. of their firm nature are ideal as platforms or base for building an outdoor shelter, provide sitting for spectators during games, a golf tee box, to place a header tank for supplying water. See pictures attached.
  7. Lookout or a high point to place signs.

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    Vivianne Kanawi 4 years ago

    Hi tattuwurn,

    thanks for your vote and comment.

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    tattuwurn 4 years ago

    Very interesting lives of ants. In that sense they make their own air-conditioning in their ant hills. They are nature's architects and construction workers. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and awesome, interesting. :)