A world of life in a single cubic foot

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A world of life in a single cubic foot

Post by edfrank » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:34 am

A world of life in a single cubic foot
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/ ... ttschwager

Photographer David Liittschwager captures the beauty of biodiversity by placing a cube in a variety of habitats and recording whatever moves through it. The fate of humanity may depend on these micro-environments

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One of the green cubic-foot frames was placed over a decaying log in Central park, New York. Photograph: David Liittschwager
Liittschwager, primarily a portrait photographer, had the idea of taking a one-cubic-foot metal frame and recording what moved through this habitat over the course of a day and night. He then made portraits of the life that could be seen with the naked eye.
A whole, unknown world was found when the cube was suspended from the branch of a tree in Costa Rica's rainforest. This time, 145 species – birds, mammals, mosses, bromeliads and epiphytes – were recorded.
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Re: A world of life in a single cubic foot

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:40 pm

Whenever I see things like this I also ponder the wholesale destruction of rural areas and forest environments when I watch urban sprawl. It's not just the trees and the animals who live in them that are in trouble, but also the things living on and in the forest floor that suffer. My nephew once worked as a geologist for a construction firm near Washington DC. His job took him into wonderful forests all around that part of VA/MD and he got really depressed knowing that his work was leading to the destruction of those forests. He finally quit and found work elsewhere. He still talks about the beautiful forests he saw while he was doing his soil and geology analysis for that firm. Of course none of those forests survive today. All plowed under as shopping centers and subdivisions.

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