How much life could you find in one cubic foot?
With a 12-inch green metal-framed cube, photographer David Liittschwager (of the Endangered Species Project)
surveyed biodiversity in land, water, tropical and temperate environments around the globe for National Geographic. At each locale he set down the cube and started watching, counting, and photographing with the help of his assistant and many biologists. The goal: to represent the creatures that lived in or moved through that space. The team then sorted through their habitat cubes and tallied every inhabitant, down to a size of about a millimeter
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The 25 richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on Earth.
Of the 25, here are the hottest of the hotspots
. An interactive map
. And the latest news
about how companies like Office Depot
are helping Conservation International protect threatened animals
who don't get to vote in even the world's [cough]
most enlightened democracies
We're finding new fauna in some of the most heavily-populated areas on earth.
It sort of makes you wonder what how many species we never even know about as we slash and burn great hunks of the rain forests, wooded areas, and other biodiverse areas of the world. (And good grief, those bugs are huge