Ants help to find underground water in the permafrost zone

February 12, 2013. Watching as anthills are in areas Permafrost Transcarpathia, the scientific staff of the Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics of the AA, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, concluded that the dwelling insects are localized in the absence of permafrost areas — in close proximity to the snowmelt waters.

So the idea of using the ant nest as a criterion when searching for sites with violations of the integrity of the permafrost.

Senior Research Fellow of the Institute Vladimir Olenchenko noted that this method will allow for the use of insects to determine the drilling zone of underground waters. In addition, the lack of continuous permafrost may indicate tectonic faults, hence the ants can help judge the seismic activity of the area.

According to the scientist, before using the elektrotomografii allowing to penetrate several tens of meters deep into the frozen ground for the construction of the scheme, it is appropriate to use the northern forest ants as the primary indicator of the integrity of permafrost.

Source: News Gismeteo

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