A new study says that termite mounds help the ecosystem, specifically for plant life, contrary to what people believe that these creatures are merely pests. Experts from Princeton University discovered that termite mounds work as a barrier, preventing arid regions from intruding into agricultural and grassland areas, thus, preserving processes for big animals like lions and zebras.
Desertification, which is the spread of deserts into regions, could be prevented by termite mounds, considering their helpful structures. Princeton University biologist Corina Tarnita said vegetation around termite mounds declines lower and persists longer, despite harsh conditions. Termite mounds allow drylands to sustain diversity of life. The entire study made use of physics, biology, and analysis in examining termite mounds.