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A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity by David Liittschwager

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One Cubic Foot

credit: University of Chicago Press

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You may be more used to appreciating nature on a grand scale -- the African savannas, the rainforests of the Amazon, the incalculable variety of the oceans -- but if you look closely, biodiversity is thriving in even the smallest spaces. Or, to be more precise, in every cubic foot of space, according to nature photographer David Liittschwager who chose that exact specification for his book A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity.

Liittschwager took an open green cube and placed it in different ecosystems around the world, photographing all the life that moved through it in one full day and working with scientists to identify and dissect the diversity his camera caught. The end result is a collection of close-ups of plant, animal, insect, and sea life -- all of which will have you appreciating the tiny majesty of even the smallest ecosystems. (A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity, $45)

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