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Dirt : the erosion of civilizations

Author: David R Montgomery
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007.
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Dirt, 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  Read more...
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Montgomery, David R., 1961-
Dirt.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007
(DLC) 2006026602
(OCoLC)71004234
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David R Montgomery
ISBN: 9780520933163 0520933168 9781429471794 1429471794 9780520952119 0520952111
OCLC Number: 133750125
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 285 pages : ́) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Good old dirt --
Skin of the Earth --
Rivers of life --
Graveyard of empires --
Let them eat colonies --
Westward hoe --
Dust blow --
Dirty business --
Islands in time --
Life span of civilizations.
Responsibility: David R. Montgomery.

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Explores the compelling idea that we are using up Earth's soil. This book traces the role of soil use and abuse in the history of Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, China, European  Read more...

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"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 Read more...

 
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