The Ground Beneath Us: From The Oldest Cities To The Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are by Paul Bogard

The Ground Beneath Us: From The Oldest Cities To The Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who…

byPaul Bogard

Hardcover | March 21, 2017

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Our most compelling resource just might be the ground beneath our feet.

When a teaspoon of soil contains millions of species, and when we pave over the earth on a daily basis, what does that mean for our future? What is the risk to our food supply, the planet's wildlife, the soil on which every life-form depends? How much undeveloped, untrodden ground do we even have left?

Paul Bogard set out to answer these questions inThe Ground Beneath Us, and what he discovered is astounding.

From New York (where more than 118,000,000 tons of human development rest on top of Manhattan Island) to Mexico City (which sinks inches each year into the Aztec ruins beneath it), Bogard shows us the weight of our cities' footprints. And as we see hallowed ground coughing up bullets at a Civil War battlefield; long-hidden remains emerging from below the sites of concentration camps; the dangerous, alluring power of fracking; the fragility of the giant redwoods, our planet's oldest living things; the surprises hidden under a Major League ballpark's grass; and the sublime beauty of our few remaining wildest places, one truth becomes blazingly clear:The ground is the easiest resource to forget, and the last we should.

Bogard'sThe Ground Beneath Usis deeply transporting reading that introduces farmers, geologists, ecologists, cartographers, and others in a quest to understand the importance of something too many of us take for granted: dirt. From growth and life to death and loss, and from the subsurface technologies that run our cities to the dwindling number of idyllic Edens that remain, this is the fascinating story of the ground beneath our feet.

About The Author

Paul Bogard is the author ofThe End of Nightand the editor of the anthologyLet There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark. His writing and commentary on the natural world have appeared in theLos Angeles Timesand onSlate, SalonandAll Things Considered. He teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University and lives in Virginia...

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Title:The Ground Beneath Us: From The Oldest Cities To The Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who…Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.5 × 6.38 × 1 inPublished:March 21, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316342262

ISBN - 13:9780316342261

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"A hymn to vanished darkness. A literary journey. This is a rich book. As you read it, you too will want to reclaim the night and perhaps rediscover the heavens of the Enlightenment." -- Nature