What's nature worth? Momentum magazine takes on that challenging question and plenty more in its Fall 2010 Biodiversity issue. Grab a cup of hot tea, find a cozy chair and check out our writers' thought-provoking takes on, among other things, nature's benefits, ocean protection, energy efficiency, water footprints, precision agriculture, and whether we should just throw in the towel when it comes to invasive species.
VIRUSES 5,000 500,000 BACTERIA 4,000 400,000 A RACHNIDS 7 5,000 7 50,000 PLANTS 240,000 300,000 ALGAE 40,000 200,000 P ROTOZOANS 4 0,000 2 00,000 NEMATODES 15,000 500,000 MOLLUSCS 70,000 200,000 C R U S TA C E A N S 40,000 150,000 V E RT E B R AT E S 45,000 50,000 As part of National Geographicâ€™s One Cubic Foot project, photographer David Liittschwager traveled from Central Park in New York to coral reefs in French Polynesia to photograph all the living things, down to one millimeter in size, inhabiting or moving through a single cubic foot of space in various habitats. The creepy crawlies on this page are among the many organisms he and his team found in a cubic foot of fynbos (a shrublike ecosystem) on Table Mountain in South Africa.To view more creatures from the South Africa expedition, visit environment.umn.edu/momentum/webex. FALL 2010 17