From Ants! Natures Secret Power. Someone suggested I clear up some of the confusion. The excavated colony was abandoned. Ants leave their colony periodically. The colony from the beginning of the video is not the one that was excavated. It is in an entirely different location.

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Ecoclimax is defined by Odum (1969) as the culmination state after a succession in a stabilized ecosystem in which maximum biomass (or high information content) and symbiotic function among organisms is kept per unit of available energy flow.