Saturday, January 29, 2011

Litchfield National Park - The Termite Mounds

First stop for the Adventure Tours Bus was Litchfield National Park, which lies adjacent to Kakadu National Park.

The Cathedral Termite Mounds - massive!

This gives you an idea of how high these termite mounds can grow!

These can be up to two metres wide, three to four metres high.
Scientists can determine the age of them by looking at the size and shape of them.

Here I am, standing beside these gigantic termite mounds.

A little local friend.

These are called "Magnetic Termite Mounds", which are different from Cathedral Mounds, because they have thin edges and they point north to south to minimise their exposure to the sun and keep the termites cool.

Here are literally hundreds of them in a field.


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