Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, With a New Preface / Edition 2

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, With a New Preface / Edition 2

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by David R. Montgomery
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520272900

ISBN-13: 9780520272903

Pub. Date: 04/10/2012

Publisher: University of California Press

Dirt, soil, call it what you want—it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, Dirt

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Dirt, soil, call it what you want—it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging 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 bare 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 lifespan 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520272903
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition, With a New Preface
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
275,636
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

PREFACE TO THE 2012 EDITION, IX,
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS, XV,
1 / GOOD OLD DIRT, 1,
2 / SKIN OF THE EARTH, 9,
3 / RIVERS OF LIFE, 27,
4 / GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES, 49,
5 / LET THEM EAT COLONIES, 83,
6 / WESTWARD HOE, 115,
7 / DUST BLOW, 145,
8 / DIRTY BUSINESS, 179,
9 / ISLANDS IN TIME, 217,
10 / LIFE SPAN OF CIVILIZATIONS, 233,
NOTES, 247,
BIBLIOGRAPHY, 251,
INDEX, 271,

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Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations, With a New Preface 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MCHEATH More than 1 year ago
Fantastic job of presenting why civilizations fall because of the way food is raised.