Dirt The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

Author: William Bryant Logan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393351602
Format: PDF
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"A gleeful, poetic book…Like the best natural histories, Dirt is a kind of prayer." —Los Angeles Times Book Review "You are about to read a lot about dirt, which no one knows very much about." So begins the cult classic that brings mystery and magic to "that stuff that won't come off your collar." John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Saint Phocas, Darwin, and Virgil parade through this thought-provoking work, taking their place next to the dung beetle, the compost heap, dowsing, historical farming, and the microscopic biota that till the soil. Whether William Bryant Logan is traversing the far reaches of the cosmos or plowing through our planet’s crust, his delightful, elegant, and surprisingly soulful meditations greatly enrich our concept of "dirt," that substance from which we all arise and to which we all must return.

Dirt

Author: William Bryant Logan
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9780393329476
Format: PDF, ePub
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Blending elements of science and philosophy, a former columnist for The New York Times creates a natural history of the soil that sustains human life, covering topics ranging from backyard gardening to the evolution of Planet Earth. Reprint.

Dirt

Author: William Bryant Logan
Publisher: Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks)
ISBN: 9781573225465
Format: PDF
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Combining science, philosophy and natural history with a voracious curosity about how the universe works, Logan takes us on a wonderful journey of discovery as charming as it is fascinating. He has written a unique and thoughtful history of the soil that sustains us, as well as a touching memoir of his own personal connection to it.

Air The Restless Shaper of the World

Author: William Bryant Logan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393083845
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The author of Dirt and Oak brings to life this quickest, most sustaining, most communicative element of the earth. Air sustains the living. Every creature breathes to live, exchanging and changing the atmosphere. Water and dust spin and rise, make clouds and fall again, fertilizing the dirt. Twenty thousand fungal spores and half a million bacteria travel in a square foot of summer air. The chemical sense of aphids, the ultraviolet sight of swifts, a newborn’s awareness of its mother’s breast—all take place in the medium of air. Ignorance of the air is costly. The artist Eva Hesse died of inhaling her fiberglass medium. Thousands were sickened after 9/11 by supposedly “safe” air. The African Sahel suffers drought in part because we fill the air with industrial dusts. With the passionate narrative style and wide-ranging erudition that have made William Bryant Logan’s work a touchstone for nature lovers and environmentalists, Air is—like the contents of a bag of seaborne dust that Darwin collected aboard the Beagle—a treasure trove of discovery.

Dirt

Author: David R. Montgomery
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520272900
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Ranging from ancient times to modern-day environmental threats, a natural and cultural history of soil explains how an elimination of protective vegetation and an exposure to wind and rain causes severe erosion of cultivated soils, how the use and abuse of soil has shaped human history, and the how the rise of organic and no-till farming holds hope for the future.

Oak The Frame of Civilization

Author: William Bryant Logan
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393327787
Format: PDF
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A history of the oak tree identifies its significance in religious rites, homemaking, travel, literature, and the outcome of key military conflicts, in an account that documents the communitarian and educational nature of the oak and what it reveals about the natural world's link to science, philosophy, spirituality, and other human disciplines. Reprint.

Pandora s Seed

Author: Spencer Wells
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780679603740
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Ten thousand years ago, our species made a radical shift in its way of life: We became farmers rather than hunter-gatherers. Although this decision propelled us into the modern world, renowned geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wells demonstrates that such a dramatic change in lifestyle had a downside that we’re only now beginning to recognize. Growing grain crops ultimately made humans more sedentary and unhealthy and made the planet more crowded. The expanding population and the need to apportion limited resources created hierarchies and inequalities. Freedom of movement was replaced by a pressure to work that is the forebear of the anxiety millions feel today. Spencer Wells offers a hopeful prescription for altering a life to which we were always ill-suited. Pandora’s Seed is an eye-opening book for anyone fascinated by the past and concerned about the future.

Soil Science Simplified

Author: Helmut Kohnke
Publisher: Waveland Press
ISBN: 1478609303
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A concise, inexpensive treatment! Soil Science Simplified, 4/E was written to acquaint students with the basic concepts and scientific principles of soils without the burden of an extensive study. This useful, well-priced handbook includes discussions of soil classification, soil morphology, and soil and the environment. In addition, a chapter on soil surveys helps readers understand soil resources and apply the information presented in soil surveys to managing the soil environment. Outstanding features: 1) provides essential coverage of factors of soil formation; 2) outlines the most current principles of soil taxonomy; 3) provides an assortment of helpful tables, maps, and line drawings; 4) includes an expanded glossary.

Soils

Author: T. R. Paton
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300066098
Format: PDF, ePub
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This important book challenges the prevalent view of the characteristics and origins of soils. In it, three distinguished earth scientists argue that soils are primarily geological materials altered and rearranged by biological, geological, and geomorphic processes rather than as direct products of time, climate, organisms, parent material, and topographic setting.

Garbology

Author: Edward Humes
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1583335234
Format: PDF
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The author identifies trash as America's largest export, discussing how the nation reached current garbage levels while explaining what families, communities, and countries are doing to reverse waste trends.