One last post about Litchfield National Park and this is to show you the amazing magnetic termite mounds. These are nature’s answer to surviving in this very hot tropical climate. Every termite mound in this area is built facing magnetic north and long and thin along the north/south axis. This is to minimise the exposure to the sun.
How amazing, they must have a built-in compass. Click on the link above for more photos and information.
When seen on mass the first thing that springs to mind is “they look like a graveyard”… The mounds in the park had a board walk past them and were fenced off, you could not get up close and personal. The ones I photographed with Jack alongside where on the dirt road before we entered the National Park area so we were pleased we had stopped for the photo-op when it presented itself.
Well that is our Top End odyssey. The temperatures are into the top 30’s and the build up is starting, it will soon be the wet, humid, cyclone season so time for us to head out. It has been a very interesting stay up here…
Those are impressive!
My only experiences with termites have been here in the States, and they were teeny-tiny compared to the varieties you’ve seen. Had no idea of their ecological importance. Thank you for including!
I had no idea about the importance of termite mounds. Thank you for sharing this.