October 6, 2015 9:05pm CST
You may have heard about the recent flooding in South Carolina. The hurricane tracked out to sea but a separate storm dumped rain that has been called a "once in a thousand years" event. Apparently, fire ants have their own methods of dealing with the sudden flooding. Thousands of ants intertwine their bodies and form a floating island of ants. The ants are then saved from the flood by floating on the surface of the water. They can keep the island afloat for weeks. Nature is endlessy inventive.
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8 Oct 15
@Rollo1 I guess what I meant is they often act as a whole to ensure survival as a group. Individuals sacrifice their lives so the group can survive. When I think of the way even in the face of global warming human individuals keep thinking and acting in selfish ways, it unsettles me (and that's an understatement). I don't think any of us should decide who, if any of us, will drown, but if we are all to try to think of our own needs and greeds first without considering the group as a whole, no one will survive, or if they do, won't find it worth surviving. Of course, we are not ants. We have our own strengths and weaknesses as people.
7 Oct 15
@Rollo1 We had a spring thaw that came one quickly one year. It caused an ice jam on the river, and we lived a few miles away from the river and actually where it jammed. The water was everywhere, it actually poured into our basement windows, our deep freezer began to float, and when the lid swung open, it quickly filled with water and sunk. My parents had just purchased a side of beef. We were evacuated and I can never forget that terrible incident.
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7 Oct 15
@Rollo1 I remember watching that show from time to time, and there were many visitors to that island that came and went while leaving everyone there. The big joke was that they were able to construct all that fancy stuff, and practically make nuclear fission out of the materials there, but couldn't build a boat...