Life in the Soil A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners
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Description: Leonardo da Vinci once mused that "we know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot," an observation that is as apt today as it was five hundred years ago. The biological world under our toes is often unexplored and unappreciated, yet it teems with life. In one square meter of earth, there lives trillions of bacteria, millions of nematodes, hundreds of thousands of mites, thousands of insects and worms, and hundreds of snails and slugs. But because of their location and size, many of these creatures are as unfamiliar and bizarre to us as anything found at the bottom of the ocean. Lavishly illustrated with nearly three hundred color illustrations and masterfully-rendered black and white drawings throughout, "Life in the Soil "invites naturalists and gardeners alike to dig in and discover the diverse community of creatures living in the dirt below us. Biologist and acclaimed natural history artist James B. Nardi" "begins with an introduction to soil ecosystems, revealing the unseen labors of underground organisms maintaining the rich fertility of the earth as they recycle nutrients between the living and mineral worlds. He then introduces readers to a dazzling array of creatures: wolf spiders with glowing red eyes, snails with 120 rows of teeth, and 10,000-year-old fungi, among others. Organized by taxon, "Life in the Soil" covers everything from slime molds and roundworms to woodlice and dung beetles, as well as vertebrates from salamanders to shrews. The book ultimately explores the crucial role of soil ecosystems in conserving the worlds above and below ground. A unique and illustrative introduction to the many unheralded creatures that inhabitour soils and shape our environment aboveground, "Life in the Soil "will inform and enrich the naturalist in all of us.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
|The Marriage of the Mineral World and the Organic World|
|How Soil Forms from Rocks and Weather|
|Plant Roots and Their Bacterial Partners|
|Plant Roots and Their Fungal Partners|
|Where Roots Meet Rocks and Minerals|
|Plant Roots and Their Animal Partners|
|How Plants and Animals Affect the Layers of a Soil|
|Members of the Soil Community|
|Invertebrates - Animals without Backbones|
|Working in Partnership with Creatures of the Soil|
|Avoiding Excessive Use of Fertilizers|
|Effects of Acid Rain|
|Avoiding Salt-Encrusted Soils|
|Maintaining Soil Structure|
|Discouraging Invasion of Soils by Exotic Species|
|Composting as an Antidote to Soil Abuse|
|Collecting and Observing Life of the Soil|