The Erosion of Civilizations

Paperback - 2012
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An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, 'Dirt' explores the compelling idea that we are - and have long been - using up Earth's soil.
Published: Berkeley, Calif. ; London : University of California Press, 2012.
Edition: 2012 ed., with a new preface
ISBN: 9780520272903
Branch Call Number: 631.49 MON
Characteristics: vx, 285 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,23 cm


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Mar 27, 2010

The book is titled "Dirt". But its not the kind of dirt that you want to wash off your hands --- in fact, it isn't the kind of dirt you want to wash away at all --- it's much too valuable for that. But the subtitle is "the Erosion of Civilizations" and that is where this book is focused. This book is very readable and not dry and dusty (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) as we might. perhaps, expect. Repeatedly, by examining numerous civilizations in the past, Montgomery makes the point that a civilization is only as viable as the few inches (cms) of top soil within which it is rooted. Soil can be easily destroyed but replenished only very, very slowly.
This book should be of particular interested for those with an interest in Geography, soil studies (obviously), ecology, and Grade 12 World Issues students. Well written with an excellent bibliography.


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