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The Resource The ground beneath us : from the oldest cities to the last wilderness, what dirt tells us about who we are, Paul Bogard

The ground beneath us : from the oldest cities to the last wilderness, what dirt tells us about who we are, Paul Bogard

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The ground beneath us : from the oldest cities to the last wilderness, what dirt tells us about who we are
Title
The ground beneath us
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from the oldest cities to the last wilderness, what dirt tells us about who we are
Statement of responsibility
Paul Bogard
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When a teaspoon of soil contains millions of species, and when we pave over the earth on a daily basis, what does that mean for our future? What is the risk to our food supply, the planet's wildlife, the soil on which every life-form depends? How much undeveloped, untrodden ground do we even have left? Paul Bogard set out to answer these questions in The Ground Beneath Us, and what he discovered is astounding. From New York (where more than 118,000,000 tons of human development rest on top of Manhattan Island) to Mexico City (which sinks inches each year into the Aztec ruins beneath it), Bogard shows us the weight of our cities' footprints. And as we see hallowed ground coughing up bullets at a Civil War battlefield; long-hidden remains emerging from below the sites of concentration camps; the dangerous, alluring power of fracking; the fragility of the giant redwoods, our planet's oldest living things; the surprises hidden under a Major League ballpark's grass; and the sublime beauty of our few remaining wildest places, one truth becomes blazingly clear: The ground is the easiest resource to forget, and the last we should. Bogard's The Ground Beneath Us is deeply transporting reading that introduces farmers, geologists, ecologists, cartographers, and others in a quest to understand the importance of something too many of us take for granted: dirt. From growth and life to death and loss, and from the subsurface technologies that run our cities to the dwindling number of idyllic Edens that remain, this is the fascinating story of the ground beneath our feet
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1966-
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Bogard, Paul
Dewey number
631.4
Illustrations
  • maps
  • photographs
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Soil science
  • Soil and civilization
  • Earth sciences
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The ground beneath us : from the oldest cities to the last wilderness, what dirt tells us about who we are, Paul Bogard
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-297) and index
Contents
Paved and hallowed. Manhattan ; Mexico City ; London ; Northern Virginia ; Gettysburg -- Farmed and wild. Bishopstone ; Soil ; Ames ; Grass ; The sandhills -- Hell and sacred. Appalachia ; Treblinka ; Alaska ; The Sierra Nevada ; Home
Control code
sky285352363
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 307 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780316342261
Lccn
2016958940
Other physical details
map, photographs
Label
The ground beneath us : from the oldest cities to the last wilderness, what dirt tells us about who we are, Paul Bogard
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-297) and index
Contents
Paved and hallowed. Manhattan ; Mexico City ; London ; Northern Virginia ; Gettysburg -- Farmed and wild. Bishopstone ; Soil ; Ames ; Grass ; The sandhills -- Hell and sacred. Appalachia ; Treblinka ; Alaska ; The Sierra Nevada ; Home
Control code
sky285352363
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 307 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780316342261
Lccn
2016958940
Other physical details
map, photographs

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