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A World in One Cubic Foot: Portraits of Biodiversity [Hardcover]

David Liittschwager

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16 Nov 2012
"A World in One Cubic Foot" puts the world accessibly in our hands and allows us to behold the magic of an ecosystem in miniature. Liittschwager's awe-inspiring photographs take us to places both familiar and exotic and instill new awareness of the life that abounds all around. Twelve inches by twelve inches by twelve inches, the cubic foot is a relatively tiny unit of measure compared to the whole world. With every step, we disturb and move through cubic foot after cubic foot. But behold the cubic foot in nature - from coral reefs to cloud forests to tidal pools - even in that finite space you can see the multitude of creatures that make up a vibrant ecosystem. "For A World in One Cubic Foot", esteemed nature photographer David Liittschwager took a bright green metal cube - measuring precisely one cubic foot - and set it in various ecosystems around the world, from Costa Rica to Central Park. Working with local scientists, he measured what moved through that small space in a period of twenty-four hours. He then photographed the cube's setting and the plant, animal, and insect life inside it - anything visible to the naked eye. The result is a stunning portrait of the amazing diversity that can be found in ecosystems around the globe. Many organisms captured in Liittschwager's photographs have rarely, if ever, been presented in their full splendor to the general reader, and the singular beauty of these images evocatively conveys the richness of life around us and the essential need for its conservation. The breathtaking images are accompanied by equally engaging essays that speak to both the landscapes and the worlds contained within them, from distinguished contributors such as Elizabeth Kolbert and Alan Huffman, in addition to a foreword by E. O. Wilson. After encountering this book, you will never look at the tiniest sliver of your own backyard or neighborhood park the same way; instead, you will be stunned by the unexpected variety of species found in an area so small.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (16 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226481239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226481234
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 31.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As the flora and fauna of the surface are examined more closely, the interlocking mechanisms of life are emerging in ever-greater and more surprising detail. In time we will come fully to appreciate the magnificent little ecosystems that have fallen under our stewardship." -E. O. Wilson, from the Foreword"

About the Author

David Liittschwager is a freelance photographer and a contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. His work has been exhibited at such institutions as the California Academy of Sciences and the American Museum of Natural History. He is the author of Skulls and coauthor of Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary, Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawaii, and Witness: Endangered Species of North America. Liittschwager also lectures and shows his work around the world in both fine art and natural history contexts.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, informative, and entertaining 5 Nov 2012
By Carol in the Garden - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first photo book I have ever read cover to cover in one sitting. The photos, the text, the layout, everything about this book makes it interesting and valuable. I have other books by this photographer and they are all amazing. This one tops my list.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1728 Cubic Inches of Fascinating 3 Dec 2012
By C W Preston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The concept is fun. Travel to each continent and examine one cubic foot of a representative ecosystem. Or two. And document all you discovered there.

Fascinating and visually delightful. If you enjoy the natural world, if you like to look closely at the seldom seen or unseen, this is a fine choice.

Also very nice for small children who can be most intrigued by tiny detail.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 18 Dec 2012
By RLSMB - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful, aesthetic and scientific look at our world in the closest of ways. We have taken sections at a time to look at with our entire family, marveling at the perfection in a microcosm of life. It's not a book you'll pick up and casually glance through -- it's more a book you'll purposefully study, but it's worth the time and effort.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great gift for science-minded 11 year old 2 May 2013
By S. Eberhardt - Published on Amazon.com
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my nephew loved the book as a birthday present, looking at the cool pictures and counting the animals.
And the adults were excited to pick it up when he finally set it down, reading the text and flipping back and forth.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, elegantly presented 29 Dec 2012
By Ruth Ernest - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book exceeded expectations. The photography is beautiful and the essays extremely interesting. The whole book is an elegant presentation.
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