Alright so I think this is a great place to start as it’s not great idea to build on something that isn’t sturdy and ready for more. Yeah that was a complicated way of saying you need a good foundation. We’ll start with some basics for your yard. Watch out for TERMITES! Here are fyis for you to consider.
A termite is hardly bigger than the moon of a fingernail but when they are together, they become the kind of natural builders which shows their unique architectural sense. The mounds built by them can reach the height of 17 feet (5 meters) and even higher. The weight of a typical mound is somewhat around 15 kilograms (33 pounds).
Like ants and bees, termites are also social insects who live in colonies and follow a whole cycle. They do have a king and a queen but there is no person who is in charge or the head architect of the mound which is being made. All the effort and work is collective with no one supervising over the entire colony.
The question which obsesses a number of researchers is that how the termites are able to work in such harmony without any supervision. Is the whole map already fitted into their mind and the generations are bound to follow the same rules which have been naturally entered into their coding system.
A termite nest can be divided into two parts which are animate and inanimate. The animate part is all the living termites which are actually inside the nest and the inanimate one is the structure itself. The most common places where you would find a termite nest are wooden structures like logs and in dead parts of the trees.
Termites primarily make use of their own feces to construct the nest which is a very desirable construction material because of its specific properties. Other materials like partly digested plant material and soil can also be used in the construction process. The weakest building material has to be carbon which requires the inhabitants to reside on the counter attack technique to safeguard themselves from the invaders.
Scientists have use X-rays to observe the termite mounds and to gain familiarity with the behavior of termites. The tunnels in the mounds have been found to be different in nature depending on the genus of the termites. The mushroom shape mounds are of termites belonging to the Cubitermes, straight pillars are for Thoractermes and the cones for the Procubitermes.
The models which have been examined proposed that the direction and the length of every new tunnel made by the termites were random. There is no synchronized way which is followed by them. Each tunnel opens up to a new chamber which branches even more in various directions. The tunnels which are not used very often are sealed shut.
The experiments in the mound will help in understanding how the termite brains work which will open doors for researching the way human brain has progressed over the years. The research, in turn, might open a gateway for making energy-efficient buildings or even do some construction on other planets like Mars.
There is a need for further research that how the structures built by termites have a relationship with the environment and other surrounding factors.