The Ground Beneath Us

The Ground Beneath Us

From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are

Book - 2017
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Grand Central Pub
Our most compelling resource just might be the ground beneath our feet.

Finalist for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award

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 in The 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's The Ground Beneath Us is 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.


Baker & Taylor
An exploration of the ground's significant relationship to the world's food, water, and energy shares the stories of subsurface technologies and traditions while illuminating how the ground reveals humanity-defining facts.

Baker
& Taylor

Citing the significant percentage of paved and unnatural ground surfaces in the United States today, an exploration of the ground's significant relationship to the world's food, water and energy shares the stories of subsurface technologies and traditions while illuminating how the ground reveals humanity-defining facts. By an award-winning author. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2017
ISBN: 9780316342261
Branch Call Number: 631.4 BOG
Characteristics: ix, 307 p., [8] p. of plates :,col. ill. ;,25 cm

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Aug 30, 2018

Much of the content, loss of topsoil, loss of habitat, impact of global warming, should make this a very depressing book, but somehow the author manages to avoid that. I was hoping for more geotechnical considerations, but the emphasis is very much on the need for conservation, and not at all about construction.

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