Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sci-ants Experiment Continued

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  • June 8 -12:00pm
  • Oppressive heat and high humidity have put ants into frenzied activity. Eaters are arranged on northeast side of blob. Most ants are shoring up the slope to ant hole with stones . Frantic . Something is up. Spotters ants are examining the streams on the west very carefully . Hm-mmm?
  • 12:30 pm- Ants in eating position along edge from south east to west . Few spotters ants(engineers-management?) watching west side . Consuming in full operation.

  • 1:00 pm - Ants have disappeared. Heat is on . No one is working . ????? 

  • 1:30 pm- Big thunderstorm system blowing in . Heavy winds whipping trees . This will be a storm to remember perhaps . Looks like a tornado system . All ants in nest for safety . Guards at door of nest . Starting to rain lightly .

  • 2:00 pm- A rain shower of little significance . Water in toffee blob. Blob thinning in consistency . Green colour separating and floating on top of white glop . Ants reappearing . Storm must not be worry in this area . Still dark and windy . No hail ! Missed a tornado . Ants don't appear to be concerned about weather at this point . The glop starting to run and spread quickly .Ants getting concerned about second access point to hole. Glop heading that way .

  • 3:00 pm - Warm stones drying quickly . Glop runnier . Eating and shoring up second access essential.

  • 3:50 pm- 8 year old spends some time observing the changes . Wants to play in the glop . No human interference essential . Leave the ants to handle the flooding crises .
  • 4:05 Electricity gone . Grid took a hit in this one . Ants calmly eating . Thin glop flowing west . Crises averted .
  • Sunset . Glop still there but greatly changed . Husband and teenager impressed by engineered changes . Not particularly concern about presence on front step .
June 9-
Glop has become syrup. Ants are not attending in large numbers.Shoring wall glued in place by dried syrup . Threat to nest gone . Interest by ants waning . Tired of salt water taffy ??? Large sticky surface on front step . Sand dike looks sturdy and permanent . Next rain may finish this off . Sunset. Syrup still there .Electricity on after 22 hours . Crises over .

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