The Resource Dirt : the erosion of civilizations, David R. Montgomery

Dirt : the erosion of civilizations, David R. Montgomery

Label
Dirt : the erosion of civilizations
Title
Dirt
Title remainder
the erosion of civilizations
Statement of responsibility
David R. Montgomery
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "A natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations explores the compelling idea that we are - and have long been - using up Earth's soil. Once bate of protective vegetation and exposed to wind and rain, cultivated soils erode bit by bit, slowly enough to be ignored in a single lifetime but fast enough over centuries to limit the life spans of civilizations. A rich mix of history, archaeology, and geology, Dirt traces the role of soil use and abuse in the history of Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, China, European colonialism, Central America, and the American push westward. We see how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil - as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt. David R
  • Montgomery sees in the recent rise of organic and no-till farming the hope for a new agricultural revolution that might help us avoid the fate of previous civilizations."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
Ranging from ancient times to modern-day environmental threats, a natural and cultural history of soil explains how an elimination of protective vegetation and an exposure to wind and rain causes severe erosion of cultivated soils, how the use and abuse of soil has shaped human history, and the how the rise of organic and no-till farming holds hope for the future
Writing style
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262538
Cataloging source
DLC
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1961-
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Montgomery, David R.
Dewey number
631.49
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Soil science
  • Soils
  • Soil erosion
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the erosion of civilizations
Label
Dirt : the erosion of civilizations, David R. Montgomery
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-270) and index
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
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 285 p. ́:
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780520248700
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006026602
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(Sirsi) a439410
Label
Dirt : the erosion of civilizations, David R. Montgomery
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-270) and index
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
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 285 p. ́:
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780520248700
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006026602
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(Sirsi) a439410

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