I knew all these bloody ants we have around here were good for something. Who knew? We might be sitting on a gold mine down here.
All we gotta do, apparently, is scope out the little mounds they make outside their tunnel entrances.
The website says that mounds in western Australian gold fields (see, I knew there was going to be a catch). 'contained high concentrations of gold'. The article said this indicated a bigger deposit of gold underneath. No sh*t Sherlock. Especially since the mound is smack-dab in the middle of a gold field.
You might want to hold off on enticing more ants to move into your neighborhood and then betting the farm that a partnership between them and you is going to pay off with the motherload.
Since the Australian outback is getting pretty well picked over on the surface, miners over there are having to come up with new ways of finding gold and other minerals.
They're looking at ants and termites - well, actually, besides looking at the mounds these critters make, the miners are actually examining the ant and termite poop.
If you ask me, I think these guys have been sipping a little too hard on the Foster's while in direct sunlight.
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And with the ants we have down here, especially the crazy ones, why you'd spend most of your time trying to figure out where they found the gold, the way they scurry willy-nilly all over.
I don't know. This story sounds to me like it was a slow news day on the science front - Nothing new from the Large Hadron Collider... Maybe the ants found gold there and took over.