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March Much - March 2023

March - March Much
A species of imported fire ant was introduced into the United States from South America at the port of Mobile, Alabama.  The black imported fire ant, Solenopsis richteri Forel, arrived sometime around 1918.
Now, Gobal Heating & Climate Change is giving them another leg up, prompting state officials to worry about whether fire ants will be able to soon survive in higher elevations thought beyond the available habitat of the warm-loving insects...

The march of the Fire Ant across America shows a direct correlation with warmer average temperatures experienced in each county of the United States.

The maps shown in the video show in red the county under a Federal Quarantine Boundary (APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)) and the year in which the quarantine was established.

Geography, digital geography has a role to play in the various outcomes of Climate Change, watch this space as new technologies and methodologies evolve in our ever-changing world.
- Matt Couldrey [geoid - digital geography]

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