Species diversity dramatically goes up as one travels from the Earth’s poles (low diversity) to the equator (high diversity). With this intensification of diversity, the species populations become much smaller, more isolated and increasingly susceptible to rapid environmental changes. Human caused impacts are devastating these small populations of species in the equatorial regions. They’re disappearing rapidly, some without ever being discovered. Unless we quell these escalating human caused trends of harmful species migration, atmospheric CO2, weather changes, increasing temperatures and ocean acidification, humans will witness massive species extinctions.
This is the first in a series of “Diversity Gradients”.
Slate, thinset, hand-made substrate
20" X 16"
© 2015 Scott Fitzwater This work cannot be reproduced without the consent of the artist.