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Tales from the underground : a natural history of subterranean life

Author: David W Wolfe
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Basic Books., 2002, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ecologist David Wolfe takes us on a tour through current scientific knowledge of the subterranean world. We follow the progress of discovery from Charles Darwin's experiments with earthworms, to Lewis and Clark's first encounter with prairie dogs, to the use of new genetic tools that are revealing an astonishingly rich ecosystem beneath our feet. Wolfe plunges us deep into the earth's rocky crust, where life may  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wolfe, David.
Tales From The Underground : A Natural History of Subterranean Life.
Reading, MA : Basic Books, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David W Wolfe
ISBN: 9780786730933 0786730935
OCLC Number: 834092260
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: pt. 1. Ancient life --
pt. 2. Life support for planet Earth --
pt. 3. The human factor.
Responsibility: David W. Wolfe.

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Ecologist David Wolfe takes us on a tour through current scientific knowledge of the subterranean world. We follow the progress of discovery from Charles Darwin's experiments with earthworms, to Lewis and Clark's first encounter with prairie dogs, to the use of new genetic tools that are revealing an astonishingly rich ecosystem beneath our feet. Wolfe plunges us deep into the earth's rocky crust, where life may have begun -- a world devoid of oxygen and light but safe from asteroid bombardment. Primitive microbes found there are turning our notion of the evolutionary tree of life on its head: amazingly, they represent perhaps a full third of earth's genetic diversity. As Wolfe explains, creatures of the soil can work for us, by providing important pharmaceuticals and recycling the essential elements of life, or against us, by spreading disease and contributing to global climate change.

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