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The Ground Beneath Your Feet … Least Explored Part of Our Planet

Author: Guest Writer/Friday, November 30, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized

Sometimes, what with all the Hubble telescopes and Large Hadron Colliders and all the other fancy, high-tech data collection equipment letting us see deeply into the universe, we forget how much a couple of old-fashioned tools can do: cameras and eyes.

As EO Wilson (eyes) and David Liittschwager (camera) show, just taking the time to look at a few very small squares of world can teach you a lot about the way the world works.

Liittschwager dropped green cubes at a different spots around the world – South Africa, Costa Rica, a coral reef, Central Park – and photographed the species living in that tiny square. He found incredible diversity, more than you might expect – 150 different species in Costa Rica, four times as many on the coral reef, as shown below:

[Photo by David Liittschwager, National Geographic]

These tiny creatures are often overlooked. It requires focused attention to see what is right in front of us. The world is one giant art gallery, and we spend most of our time zooming through it to get somewhere supposedly more interesting. Photographers, the good ones, don’t.

Watch Liittschwager’s videos here. Buy his book here: “A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity.” Wilson wrote the forward. 

And get out your camera and take pictures on your own.

“Immediately close at hand, around and beneath our feet, lies the least explored part of the planet's surface,” Wilson writes in National Geographic. “It is also the most vital place on Earth for human existence.” 

- Reilly Capps

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