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

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

by Paul Bogard

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316342261
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 484,006
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Paul Bogard is the author of The End of Night and the editor of the anthology Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark. His writing and commentary on the natural world have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on Slate, Salon and All Things Considered. He teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University and lives in Virginia and Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Paved and Hallowed

Manhattan 13

Mexico City 29

London 43

Northern Virginia 61

Gettysburg 79

Farmed and Wild

Bishopstone 95

Soil 109

Ames 119

Grass 135

The Sandhills 159

Hell and Sacred

Appalachia 177

Treblinka 201

Alaska 217

The Sierra Nevada 235

Home 249

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 265

Index 299

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