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The Earth Moved

The Earth Moved

On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

  • Author: Amy Stewart
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • ISBN: 1565126556
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 240
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In The Earth Moved, Amy Stewart takes us on a journey through the underground world and introduces us to one of its most amazing denizens. The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its impact on the ecosystem is profound. It ploughs the soil, fights plant diseases, cleans up pollution, and turns ordinary dirt into fertile land. Who knew? In her witty, offbeat style, Stewart shows that much depends on the actions of the lowly worm. Charles Darwin devoted his last years to the meticulous study of these creatures, praising their remarkable abilities. With the august scientist as her inspiration, Stewart investigates the worm's subterranean realm, talks to oligochaetologists—the unsung heroes of earthworm science—who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. From the legendary giant Australian worm that stretches to ten feet in length to the modest nightcrawler that wormed its way into the heart of Darwin's last book to the energetic red wigglers in Stewart's compost bin, The Earth Moved gives worms their due and exposes their hidden and extraordinary universe. This book is for all of us who appreciate Mother Nature's creatures, no matter how humble.

The Earth Moved

The Earth Moved

On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

  • Author: Amy Stewart
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • ISBN: 9781565124684
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 223
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The author of From the Ground Up introduces the earthworm, looking at its impact on the ecosystem and its amazing abilities to plough soil, fight plant diseases, and absorb dangerous pollutants. Reprint.

The Earth Moved

The Earth Moved

On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

  • Author: Amy Stewart
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780711224506
  • Category: Earthworms
  • Page: 224
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The august Charles Darwin devoted the last years of his life to the meticulous study of one animal: the earthworm. It may be small, spineless and blind, but its role in the ecosystem is profound. It tills the soil, destroys microscopic organisms that cause plant disease, breaks down toxins and turns the ground into rich compost, creating the most fertile areas on earth. In a witty and offbeat encomium to this humble creature, Amy Stewart weaves her own back garden investigations with those of the eccentric oligochaetologists who have made the close study of worms their personal obsession. From the legendary giant Australian worm that burrows up to fifteen feet below the ground to the modest nightcrawler that inspired Darwin to write his last book and Amy Stewart's own collection of red wrigglers, The Earth Moves finally gives worms their due and exposes the hidden and extraordinary universe below our feet.

Flower Confidential

Flower Confidential

  • Author: Amy Stewart
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • ISBN: 9781565126039
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 306
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The flower business is a $40 billion global industry devoted to making flowers flawless. Stewart explores the relevance of flowers, and in the process she reveals all that has been gained--and lost--by tinkering with nature.

Wicked Bugs

Wicked Bugs

The Louse That Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects

  • Author: Amy Stewart
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • ISBN: 9781616200633
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 288
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In this darkly comical look at the sinister side of our relationship with the natural world, Stewart has tracked down over one hundred of our worst entomological foes—creatures that infest, infect, and generally wreak havoc on human affairs. From the world’s most painful hornet, to the flies that transmit deadly diseases, to millipedes that stop traffic, to the “bookworms” that devour libraries, to the Japanese beetles munching on your roses, Wicked Bugs delves into the extraordinary powers of six- and eight-legged creatures. With wit, style, and exacting research, Stewart has uncovered the most terrifying and titillating stories of bugs gone wild. It’s an A to Z of insect enemies, interspersed with sections that explore bugs with kinky sex lives (“She’s Just Not That Into You”), creatures lurking in the cupboard (“Fear No Weevil”), insects eating your tomatoes (“Gardener’s Dirty Dozen”), and phobias that feed our (sometimes) irrational responses to bugs (“Have No Fear”). Intricate and strangely beautiful etchings and drawings by Briony Morrow-Cribbs capture diabolical bugs of all shapes and sizes in this mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue that begins—but doesn’t end—in your own backyard.

How Carrots Won the Trojan War

How Carrots Won the Trojan War

Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables

  • Author: Rebecca Rupp
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing
  • ISBN: 1603429689
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 376
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Looks at the history of vegetables and vegetable gardening.

Harnessing the Earthworm; A Practical Inquiry Into Soil-Building, Soil-Conditioning and Plant Nutrition Through the Action of Earthworms

Harnessing the Earthworm; A Practical Inquiry Into Soil-Building, Soil-Conditioning and Plant Nutrition Through the Action of Earthworms

  • Author: Thomas Jason Barrett
  • Publisher: Johnson Press
  • ISBN: 1409717828
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 200
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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Life in the Soil

Life in the Soil

A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners

  • Author: James B. Nardi
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226568539
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 336
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Leonardo da Vinci once mused that “we know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot,” an observation that is as apt today as it was five hundred years ago. The biological world under our toes is often unexplored and unappreciated, yet it teems with life. In one square meter of earth, there lives trillions of bacteria, millions of nematodes, hundreds of thousands of mites, thousands of insects and worms, and hundreds of snails and slugs. But because of their location and size, many of these creatures are as unfamiliar and bizarre to us as anything found at the bottom of the ocean. Lavishly illustrated with nearly three hundred color illustrations and masterfully-rendered black and white drawings throughout, Life in the Soil invites naturalists and gardeners alike to dig in and discover the diverse community of creatures living in the dirt below us. Biologist and acclaimed natural history artist James B. Nardibegins with an introduction to soil ecosystems, revealing the unseen labors of underground organisms maintaining the rich fertility of the earth as they recycle nutrients between the living and mineral worlds. He then introduces readers to a dazzling array of creatures: wolf spiders with glowing red eyes, snails with 120 rows of teeth, and 10,000-year-old fungi, among others. Organized by taxon, Life in the Soil covers everything from slime molds and roundworms to woodlice and dung beetles, as well as vertebrates from salamanders to shrews. The book ultimately explores the crucial role of soil ecosystems in conserving the worlds above and below ground. A unique and illustrative introduction to the many unheralded creatures that inhabit our soils and shape our environment aboveground, Life in the Soil will inform and enrich the naturalist in all of us.

The Biography of Sugar

The Biography of Sugar

  • Author: Rachel Eagen
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 9780778724858
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 32
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Provides a history of the processed sweetener, chronicling the evolution of international trade in the commodity, as well as describing the cultivation of sugar cane and sugar beets.

Worms Eat Our Garbage

Worms Eat Our Garbage

Classroom Activities for a Better Environment

  • Author: Mary Appelhof,Barbara Loss Harris
  • Publisher: Flowerfield Enterprises Llc
  • ISBN: 9780942256055
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 214
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A curriculum emphasizing worms habitats, needs, physical description, and relationship to other living things by integrating activities in soil science, plant growth studies, and ecological issues.

The Biography of Bananas

The Biography of Bananas

  • Author: Rachel Eagen
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 9780778724834
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 32
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Provides a history of the world's largest herb, discussing the trade, cultivation, and consumption of bananas, as well as describing the environmental impact resulting from monoculture.

Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn, and Beans

Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn, and Beans

How the Foods of the Americas Changed Eating Around the World

  • Author: Sylvia A. Johnson
  • Publisher: Atheneum
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 138
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Describes many foods native to the Americas, including corn, peppers, peanuts, and chocolate, which were taken to Europe and used in new ways around the world.

The Hunt for Vulcan

The Hunt for Vulcan

... and How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe

  • Author: Thomas Levenson
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • ISBN: 0812988302
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 256
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The captivating, all-but-forgotten story of Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and the search for a planet that never existed For more than fifty years, the world's top scientists searched for the "missing" planet Vulcan, whose existence was mandated by Isaac Newton's theories of gravity. Countless hours were spent on the hunt for the elusive orb, and some of the era's most skilled astronomers even claimed to have found it. There was just one problem: It was never there. In The Hunt for Vulcan, Thomas Levenson follows the visionary scientists who inhabit the story of the phantom planet, starting with Isaac Newton, who in 1687 provided an explanation for all matter in motion throughout the universe, leading to Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier, who almost two centuries later built on Newton's theories and discovered Neptune, becoming the most famous scientist in the world. Le Verrier attempted to surpass that triumph by predicting the existence of yet another planet in our solar system, Vulcan. It took Albert Einstein to discern that the mystery of the missing planet was a problem not of measurements or math but of Newton's theory of gravity itself. Einstein's general theory of relativity proved that Vulcan did not and could not exist, and that the search for it had merely been a quirk of operating under the wrong set of assumptions about the universe. Levenson tells the previously untold tale of how the "discovery" of Vulcan in the nineteenth century set the stage for Einstein's monumental breakthrough, the greatest individual intellectual achievement of the twentieth century. A dramatic human story of an epic quest, The Hunt for Vulcan offers insight into how science really advances (as opposed to the way we're taught about it in school) and how the best work of the greatest scientists reveals an artist's sensibility. Opening a new window onto our world, Levenson illuminates some of our most iconic ideas as he recounts one of the strangest episodes in the history of science. Praise for The Hunt for Vulcan "Delightful . . . a charming tale about an all-but-forgotten episode in science history."--The Wall Street Journal "Engaging . . . At heart, this is a story about how science advances, one insight at a time. But the immediacy, almost romance, of Levenson's writing makes it almost novelistic."--The Washington Post "A well-structured, fast-paced example of exemplary science writing."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Adam's Navel

Adam's Navel

A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form

  • Author: Michael Sims
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781440677953
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 352
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In this amusing and brilliantly conceived book, Michael Sims introduces you to your body. Moving from head to toe, Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative in which he analyzes the visible parts of the body. In this fascinating brew of science and storytelling, readers encounter not only accessible explanations of the mechanics of their anatomy, but also the layers of mythology, religious lore, history, Darwinian theory, and popular culture that have helped to shape our understanding of any given body part. A titillating and unique book, Adam’s Navel is learned and entertaining, a marvelous lens through which to study the form we all inhabit—but may not really understand.

The Soil Will Save Us

The Soil Will Save Us

How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet

  • Author: Kristin Ohlson
  • Publisher: Rodale Books
  • ISBN: 1609615557
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 256
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Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices—and, especially, modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world's soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet. In The Soil Will Save Us, journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"—a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming. As the granddaughter of farmers and the daughter of avid gardeners, Ohlson has long had an appreciation for the soil. A chance conversation with a local chef led her to the crossroads of science, farming, food, and environmentalism and the discovery of the only significant way to remove carbon dioxide from the air—an ecological approach that tends not only to plants and animals but also to the vast population of underground microorganisms that fix carbon in the soil. Ohlson introduces the visionaries—scientists, farmers, ranchers, and landscapers—who are figuring out in the lab and on the ground how to build healthy soil, which solves myriad problems: drought, erosion, air and water pollution, and food quality, as well as climate change. Her discoveries and vivid storytelling will revolutionize the way we think about our food, our landscapes, our plants, and our relationship to Earth.

Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History

Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History

  • Author: Bill Laws
  • Publisher: Firefly Books
  • ISBN: 9781770855885
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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The fascinating stories of the plants that changed civilizations.

Hunting Monsters

Hunting Monsters

Cryptozoology and the Reality Behind the Myths

  • Author: Darren Naish
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
  • ISBN: 1784281913
  • Category: Science
  • Page: N.A
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The Loch Ness Monster, bigfoot and the yeti have long held a fascination for people the world over. Debates about their actual existence or what they might really be have continued for decades, if not centuries. Known also as cryptids, they have spawned a body of research known as cryptozoology. This entertaining book looks at the evidence of these mysterious monsters and others and explores what they might really be (if they exist at all), why they have been represented as they have and the development of cryptozoology and how it has collected data to discover more about these unknown creatures.

Edible

Edible

An Adventure Into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet

  • Author: Daniella Martin
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 0544114353
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 250
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An anthropologist and certified entomophagist describes her international travels and studies to make a case for why insects may be the key to solving the world's food problems, explaining how bugs have been a long-time part of indigenous diets and can be efficiently rendered a sustainable food source. 20,000 first printing.

Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Spiders

Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Spiders

  • Author: Christopher M. Buddle,Eleanor Spicer Rice
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022633239X
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 80
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Spiders have a problem, and it’s us. Despite their magnificent talents for crafting webs, capturing mosquitoes, and camouflage, for millennia arachnophobia has hampered our ability to appreciate these eight-legged and -eyed marvels. No longer! In this witty, accessible, and beautifully illustrated guide, Christopher M. Buddle and Eleanor Spicer Rice metamorphose creepy-crawly revulsion into spider wonder. Emerging from ambitious citizen science project Your Wild Life (an initiative based at North Carolina State University), Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Spiders provides an eye-opening arachnological overview of the natural history of species most noted by project participants, showcasing some of the fascinating spiders found in our attics and tents, front lawns and forests—and even introducing us to spiders that fish. Exploring species from the tiny (but gymnastic) zebra jumping spider to the naturally shy and woefully misunderstood black widow, this guide will be a tremendous resource for teachers, students, and scientists alike. But more than this, it will transform the way we perceive the environment around us by deepening our understanding of its littlest inhabitants, inspiring all of us to find our inner naturalist, get outside, and crawl across the dirt—magnifying glass in hand.

Tales From The Underground

Tales From The Underground

A Natural History Of Subterranean Life

  • Author: David Wolfe
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • ISBN: 0786730935
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 256
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There are over one billion organisms in a pinch of soil, and many of them perform functions essential to all life on the planet. Yet we know much more about deep space than about the universe below. In Tales from the Underground, Cornell ecologist David W. Wolfe lifts the veil on this hidden world, revealing for the first time what makes subterranean life so unique and so precious. Home to miniscule water bears and microscopic bacteria, mole rats and burrowing owls, the underground reigns supreme as it produces important pharmaceuticals, recycles life's essential elements, and helps plants gather nutrients. An original, awe-inspiring journey through a strange realm, Tales from the Underground will forever alter our appreciation of the natural world around-and beneath-us.