National Geographic : 1996 Jun
EVOKING TOMBSTONES ON A CHARRED BATTLEFIELD, termite mounds are in fact pillars of life in the ecology of the peninsula. No earthworms live in this seasonally aridregion, so termites assume the vital role of enrichingthe soil by recycling dead wood and grass. Likewise, dry-season fires release nutrients,sparking a conflagrationof green when rains return. "It's magic when it rains," says a cattleman. "You can almost hear the grassgrowing."