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    DescriptionDirt, soil, call it what you want - it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, "Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations" explores the compelling idea that we are - and have long been - using up Earth's soil. Once bare of protective vegetation and exposed to wind and rain, cultivated soils erode bit by bit, slowly enough to be ignored in a single lifetime but fast enough over centuries to limit the lifespan of civilizations. A rich mix of history, archaeology and geology, "Dirt" traces the role of soil use and abuse in the history of Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, China, European colonialism, Central America, and the American push westward. We see how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil - as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt. David R. Montgomery sees in the recent rise of organic and no-till farming the hope for a new agricultural revolution that might help us avoid the fate of previous civilizations.


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    Title
    Dirt
    Subtitle
    The Erosion of Civilizations
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David R. Montgomery
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 295
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 621 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520248700
    ISBN 10: 0520248708
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.1
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 560
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: WNW
    BISAC V2.8: NAT010000
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ECOLGY
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI031000, NAT011000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 551.302, 631.49
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 631.4/9
    LC classification: S590.7 .M66 2007
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    Thema V1.0: RNK, WNW, NHTB, RBG, RNT
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    10 b/w photographs, 13 line illustrations, 5 maps
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    14 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    David R. Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, is author of King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon.
    Review quote
    "Anyone interested in environmental issues should read this book... Entertains and stimulates thought." Times Higher Ed Sup (Thes) 20070803 "Fascinating insights into what be our most precious natural resource and gives important pointers toward sustainable land management." Bioscience 20080401 "How societies fare in the long run depends on how they treat their soils. Simple. Concise. You are your dirt." -- Carol Ekarius Hobby Farms 20090217 "Sobering... A timely text that will no doubt stimulate the discussion of this issue, and its potential solutions, for years to come." Environment & History 20091101 "Strengthen[s] appreciation for how important the soil is to our existence." Great Plains Research 20090519 "This book is a thorough and enlightening treatment of the topic." The Perennial Bookworm 20110307 "Sounds an ever timely and necessary clarion call." Vadose Zone Journal 20100517
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgments 1. Good Old Dirt 2. Skin of the Earth 3. Rivers of Life 4. Graveyard of Empires 5. Let Them Eat Colonies 6. Westward Hoe 7. Dust Blow 8. Dirty Business 9. Islands in Time 10. Life Span of Civilizations Notes Bibliography Index