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What does the largest anthill in Russia look like?

“Argumenty i Fakty” Weekly No. 35. Came to the Complete East 31/08/2022

An anthill of record size was discovered in the Altai Territory. A consequence of climate change?

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The size of the Altai anthill — 10.4 m long, 2 m wide and 1 m high. An anthill from Tatarstan (2.3 m) surpasses it in height, but the new find in Russia has no competitors in length. Experts suggest that it has grown to such a size in 3 4 years. The depth of the underground, hidden part of the anthill can reach 2 m, and the number of its inhabitants — up to 5 million «Ants — this is definitely good, they have a positive effect on the soil, — says Art. Mikhail Savin, Lecturer at the Department of Forestry, Altai State Agrarian University. — Not without reason in Soviet times, anthills were even moved to where they are not. A forest with anthills is better protected from insect pests (this is a food base for ants). The more anthills and the larger they are, the more stable the forest ecosystem».

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