Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Oldest Living Things In the World

The Oldest Living Things In the World is a short video featuring images from Rachel Sussman's book, The Oldest Living Things In the World. The video features two dozen of Sussman's photographs along with her narration in which she explains the project. The video does a good job of highlighting the fragility of some of the world's oldest living things like lichen, coral, and microbial mats. The video is embedded below.

Oldest Living Things In the World from Deepspeed media on Vimeo.

Applications for Education
On Rachel Sussman's website you can see the photographs featured in the video above. The photographs include the names and locations of the subjects. After watching the video have your students look at the photographs again, use Google Maps to find the location of the subjects, and then investigate why the featured organisms have survived for so long and the threats facing their continued existence today.

H/T to The Adventure Blog.