An amazing sculpture is made by pouring molten aluminum into a fire ant colony. The resulting cast is huge, weighing 17.9 lbs. and reaching a depth of 18 inches.
There is a big debate about the morality of this, is it something brutal, unethical? Or is it ok to do so?!! Whats your take on that, knowing that these are the red imported fire ants, which are not environment friendly, and they are being terminated by the millions using poisons, boiling water, gasoline and fire and on some occasions, the molten aluminum.
From Wikipedia: "Researchers have also been experimenting with extreme temperature change to exterminate RIFAs [red imported fire ants], such as injecting liquid nitrogen or pressurized steam into RIFA nests. Besides using hot steam, pouring boiling water into ant mounds has been found effective in exterminating their nests."
See some detailed pictures of the resulting display at http://www.anthillart.com/castings/043/