Paul Klaver's timelapse short film Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle takes us swiftly through Alaska's ecological cycles, where salmon crowd the rivers, spawn, get themselves eaten, and rot into the ground.

A warning to the squeamish: this video features fish being eaten by maggots, greatly sped-up. But if you enjoy the beauty of life and death, it's worth a watch.

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle [via Vimeo Staff Picks]