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Dig this: a tiny echidna moves 8 trailer-loads of soil a year, helping tackle climate change

By David John Eldridge, Professor of Dryland Ecology, UNSW
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After 200 years of European farming practices, Australian soils are in bad shape – depleted of nutrients and organic matter, including carbon. This is bad news for both soil health and efforts to address global warming.

The native Australian echidna may hold part of the solution. Echidnas dig pits, furrows and depressions in the soil while foraging for ants. Our research has revealed the significant…

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