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Micro Life in Soil

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Soil is second only to oceans as the most important living area on planet Earth. This amazing series goes under ground to show children how soil is as important as the atmosphere in sustaining life on Earth and keeping global warming under control. Kid-friendly examples and fun activities help young readers understand complex processes.

Young readers will be astounded by the tiny organisms that live in soil, their ecological roles, and how they adapt to living there. Children ...

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Overview

Soil is second only to oceans as the most important living area on planet Earth. This amazing series goes under ground to show children how soil is as important as the atmosphere in sustaining life on Earth and keeping global warming under control. Kid-friendly examples and fun activities help young readers understand complex processes.

Young readers will be astounded by the tiny organisms that live in soil, their ecological roles, and how they adapt to living there. Children will learn the value of even the smallest bacteria and be amazed by the impact that soil degradation has on an entire ecosystem.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
When we think about soil, we probably think about what grows in it—like plants—but what about what is already living in it? This book in the "Everybody Digs Soil" series examines the many organisms that live in soil. Rich in nutrients, soil is a cool and safe place for many living things to call home. Some of the creatures that live in soil include earwigs, cicadas, millipedes, ants, and worms. Fungi and bacteria grow in soil and release nutrients that help plants grow. This micro life in soil aerates it, fights diseases, and brings important minerals and chemicals that plants need to thrive. Also discussed is how seeds, pollen, and spores end up in the soil and how they survive. Finally, the human effect on micro life is covered, detailing how erosion, deforestation, chemicals, and other human interference can deplete the soil's micro life. Earth-toned pages and graphics combine with a clean, eye-catching layout to create a visually appealing series. Color photographs depict people of all ages working with soil in a variety of settings, various characteristics of soil, and examples of information presented in the text. "You dig it" sidebars encourage readers to experiment with soil to learn more about it. The information presented can at times be complex, but thorough and concise explanations make it clear. A glossary, suggested further reading, helpful websites, and an index round out the book. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778754152
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Everybody Digs Soil
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 935,025
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: IG750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

A Place to Live 4

Living Under Ground 6

Decomposition 8

Mushroom Madness 10

Billions of Bacteria 12

Plant Partners 14

Tiny Animals 16

Earth-Eaters 18

Threads of Life 20

Jointed Legs 22

Waste-Providers 24

Seeds and Pollen 26

People & Micro Life 28

Glossary 30

More Information 31

Index 32

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