Mm1008 at Mm1008 at
Fri Nov 29 19:51:02 UTC 1996

The December '96 issue of National Geographic includes a half-page article on
African termites whose mounds in Nigeria have guided gold-digging geologists.
It refers to "tales that ancient African civilizations used mounds to locate
gold deposits."  The accompanying cartoon thanks the termite miners "for not
chewing on beams." A far-reaching tale it seems!

Mary Meredith

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