Why Poor Places are More Diverse – MinuteEarth (again!)

poorGotta love these MinuteEarth guys and their witty, thoughtful animations. Why Poor Places are More Diverse, from just last month, is, particularly deep…

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I clicked play, thinking this was about rich-poor in human terms. However, the video starts off describing how biodiversity is greatest in places with nutrient-poor soils like the Tropical Rainforests, the Australian Kwongan scrub and the South African fynbos. Fair enough – huge diversities in nutrient-poor soils.

But, then they bring it around and make a quick comparison to human places – sure enough, rich places are becoming more and homogenous, poor places remain highly diverse. Wow! Great stuff to really get your students thinking. I know I’ll be using this in my World Studies course, for sure!

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