Earth Matters: How soil underlies civilization

Hardcover | February 27, 2016

byRichard Bardgett

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For much of history, soil has played a major, and often central, role in the lives of humans. Entire societies have risen, and collapsed, through the management or mismanagement of soil; farmers and gardeners worldwide nurture their soil to provide their plants with water, nutrients, andprotection from pests and diseases; major battles have been aborted or stalled by the condition of soil; murder trials have been solved with evidence from the soil; and, for most of us, our ultimate fate is the soil. In this book Richard Bardgett discusses soil and the many, and sometimes surprising, ways that humanity has depended on it throughout history, and still does today. Analysing the role soil plays in our own lives, despite increasing urbanization, and in the biogeochemical cycles that allow the planetto function effectively, Bardgett considers how superior soil management could combat global issues such as climate change, food shortages, and the extinction of species. Looking to the future, Bardgett argues that it is vital for the future of humanity for governments worldwide to halt soildegradation, and to put in place policies for the future sustainable management of soils.

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For much of history, soil has played a major, and often central, role in the lives of humans. Entire societies have risen, and collapsed, through the management or mismanagement of soil; farmers and gardeners worldwide nurture their soil to provide their plants with water, nutrients, andprotection from pests and diseases; major battles...

Richard Bardgett is a soil scientist and Professor of Ecology at The University of Manchester. He is the Editor of the Journal of Ecology and Vice President of the British Ecological Society and holds positions in international biodiversity assessment committees. He has authored and co-authored several books, including The Biology of S...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.01 inPublished:February 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199668566

ISBN - 13:9780199668564

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Soil and the Distant Past2. Soil and Biodiversity3. Soil and the Grower4. Soil and the City6. Soil and War7. Soil and Climate Change8. Soil and the Future