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Dirt : the erosion of civilizations

Author: David R Montgomery
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Dirt, soil, call it what you want--it is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. In this natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern environmental calamities, earth scientist Montgomery explores the 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David R Montgomery
ISBN: 9780520248700 0520248708 9780520258068 0520258061
OCLC Number: 71004234
Awards: Winner of Washington State Book Award (General Nonfiction) 2008
Description: ix, 285 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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.
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