Download Life in the Soil Free Books - Dlebooks.net

Download Life in the Soil Free Books

University of Chicago Press

English - book pages - ISBN-10: 0226568539 - ISBN-13: 9780226568539

2/5 by 57 votes


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. Nardibegins 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 inhabit our soils and shape our environment aboveground, Life in the Soil will inform and enrich the naturalist in all of us.

Reviews

64x64

Ethan Thompson

OMG I love this book there is really no words to describe the way I feel about this book

Sarah Johnson

Liked it very much

John Demotte

It was damn awesome, sweet, the way of describing the romance was just marvellous

Recent Books

A Continual Feast
A Continual Feast
Evelyn Birge Vitz
A cookbook full of wonderful recipes and ideas drawn from throughout the Christian tradition, with suggestions about when, and why, these dishes...
Pacific Standard Time
Pacific Standard Time
Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin, Germany)
"This comprehensive, richly illustrated book explores postwar American art from a new perspective: Southern California. Grounded in more than a...
Second Chance
Second Chance
Robert T. Kiyosaki
Few would argue with the fact that, on many fronts, we are a world in crisis. And there are two sides to every crisis, be it a leadership crisis, an...
Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class
Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class
Judith Brett
The Liberal Party of Australia was late to form in 1945, but the traditions and ideals upon which it is founded have been central to Australian...
Disability, Human Rights and the Limits of Humanitarianism
Disability, Human Rights and the Limits of Humanitarianism
Michael Gill
Disability studies scholars and activists have long criticized and critiqued so-termed ’charitable’ approaches to disability where the...
The River Cottage Bread Handbook
The River Cottage Bread Handbook
Daniel Stevens
The River Cottage farm, established by British food personality Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to promote high-quality, local, and sustainable food, has...
Master the Electric Pressure Cooker
Master the Electric Pressure Cooker
Cami Graham
Not your grandma's pressure cooker! Cut your cooking time in half! Electric pressure cookers are quick, safe, and easy to use, and produce delicious...
Jaypee Gold Standard Mini Atlas Series: Diabetic Retinopathy
Jaypee Gold Standard Mini Atlas Series: Diabetic Retinopathy
Sandeep Saxena
This mini atlas is a comprehensive guide to the latest developments and current concepts in diabetic retinopathy. Complemented by a photo CD, the...
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Rules for manuscript preparation for articles in the field of psychology and other areas, but especially in the 18 American Psychological Association...