Amazing Creations – The African termite called Macrotermes Bellicosus is truly an amazing creation.

 

These termites build the larges non-manmade structures in the world. If they were the equivalent size of man, their tower would be 180 stories high. This would easily be the highest structure in the world.

The cement is so hard and water resistant that the local natives of the are often use it for their huts.
The architectural design is an engineering masterpiece.
The air circulation is an essential element for survival in the African sun. They obviously have no moving parts, but the structure removes and refreshes the air continually.
Ventilation ducts use heat to create current that passes along thing inner walls that are porous. This allows the protected chambers to breathe and refresh oxygen.

These creatures have literally achieved thermoregulation. During cold nights, the openings are blockaded to reduce heat loss and during the sunlight hours, the openings are opened fully to maximize ventilation. Some species also cap their structures with umbrellas of mud. It repels water away from the structure and blocks out the hot afternoon sun. The overhang is designed to allow the early morning sun to warm the structure.

The M. Bellicosus supplements its diet by growing fungi. They chew up wood and digest what nutrients can be taken in. The rest is passed and used for gardening. The primary food source is not the wood itself, but fungi. Growing rooms are built for the purpose of raising this food source for the colony.

The M. Bellicosus termite’s structure is so climate efficient that it maintains a constant temperature of 88-89 degrees in the growing chambers. This is significant in the fact that their primary fungus harvest can only grow if the temperature is below 89 degrees and above 88 degrees. The two degree variable is essential for the health of the colony. Even more interesting is that the primary fungus grown is only found one place in the natural world – inside the growing chambers of the M. Bellicosus termite.
 

  Can evolution teach this kind of engineering? This fungus is dependent on the M. Bellicosus termite and the termite is dependent on the fungus and the engineering technology it uses to survive. It takes a lot of faith to believe that this glory belongs to blind evolution.
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