Ants are biological agents of mineral decay 

According to an article from the Geological Society of America, ants are one of the most powerful biological agents of mineral decay yet observed. The article explains that “ Researcher Ronald Dorn of Arizona State University writes that over geological timescales, the dissolution of calcium (Ca) and magnesium (Mg) bearing silicates has led to the graduate drawdown of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) through the accumulation of limestone and dolomite. Many contemporary efforts to sequester CO2 involve burial, with some negative environmental consequences."


Ant on leaf. image: Luke Elstad wikimedia

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