Are ants the answer to carbon dioxide sequestration?

16 julio 2014

A 25-year-long study provides the first quantitative measurement of in situ calcium-magnesium silicate mineral dissolution by ants, termites, tree roots, and bare ground. This study reveals that ants are one of the most powerful biological agents of mineral decay yet observed. It may be that an understanding of the geobiology of ant-mineral interactions might offer a line of research on how to «geoengineer» accelerated carbon dioxide consumption by Ca-Mg silicates.