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You could argue this is the greatest civilization on earth.
你可以说这是世界上最伟大的文明。
Yet man has had nothing to do with its creation.
然而人类和这个产物毫不相关。
In fact it’s only just been discovered due to our destruction of the forest that’s hidden these mounds from outsiders for thousands of years.
事实上由于我们开垦森林才刚刚发现这群白蚁丘,森林遮挡这些白蚁丘不被外界发现几千年了。
Each one is two and a half meters high, 9 meters wide and they’re almost exactly 20 meters apart.
每个白蚁丘高2.5米,宽9米,彼此之间相隔差不多正好有20米远。
But it’s their sheer number that’s astonished scientists, at least 200 million covering an area greater than the United Kingdom.
但是它们的数量之多另科学家震惊,至少有2亿个白蚁丘覆盖在比英国还要大的土地上。
This is the largest structure built by animals in the world.
这是世界上由动物建造的最大建筑。
Even humans haven’t built a city this big.
甚至是人类都还没有建设过这么大的城市。
And it’s unbelievable in this day and age that something the size of a country can lay undiscovered in the plain light of day but actually hidden in a forest.
难以置信,在今天这样的时代有国家大小的某物可以在大白天不被发现,但事实上它却隐藏在森林之中。
And this is the creature that built them.
这就是建造出土丘的生物。
The leaf-munching termite - Syntermes dirus.
咀嚼树叶为食的白蚁——Syntermes dirus。
It’s one of the world’s largest termite species, but still only 13 millimeters long, making what they’ve created all the more incredible.
它是世界上最大的白蚁种类,但是仍只有13毫米,使得它们创造出的一切愈加不可思议。
These aren’t nests, but spoil heaps left by termites tunneling under the dry forests.
这些不是巢穴,而是白蚁在干燥森林下挖掘所留下的废土堆。
In creating their subterranean city the size of a nation, the tiny termites have shifted soil equivalent to four thousand Great Pyramids of Giza.
在建造它们国家大小的地下城的过程中,这些小白蚁挖移了相当于4000个吉萨大金字塔那么多的泥土。
In fact the researchers found some of the mounds are as old as Egypt’s great monuments.
事实上研究人员发现一些白蚁丘像埃及金字塔一样悠久。
But there’s a lot more to learn about the society that created these.
但是关于建造出这些白蚁丘的群体,人们还有更多要去了解。

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