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Author Baskin, Yvonne.

Title Under ground : how creatures of mud and dirt shape our world / Yvonne Baskin.

Imprint Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, ©2005.

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Description 1 online resource (237 pages) : illustrations
Note "A project of SCOPE, the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-226) and index.
Contents Introduction: Opening the Black Box -- Where Nematodes are Lions -- Of Ferns, Bears, and Slime Molds -- The Power of Ecosystem Engineers -- Plowing the Seabed -- Microbes, Muck and Dead Zones -- Fungi and the Fate of Forests -- Grazers, Grass, and Microbes -- Restoring Power to the Soil.
Summary Annotation The soils of the Earth, whether underneath our feet or pressurised beneath tons of ocean water, hold life in abundance. A handful of garden dirt may harbour more species than the entire aboveground Amazon. A growing array of scientists is exploring life in soils and sediments, uncovering a living world literally alien to our own senses--and yet one whose integrity turns out to be crucial to life above ground.
Local Note eBooks on EBSCOhost EBSCO eBook Subscription Academic Collection - North America
Subject Soil animals.
Burrowing animals.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author International Council of Scientific Unions. Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment.
Other Form: Print version: Baskin, Yvonne. Under ground. Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, ©2005 1597260037 9781597260039 (DLC) 2004030330 (OCoLC)57311475
ISBN 9781429495332 (electronic bk.)
1429495332 (electronic bk.)
9781597260039 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1597260037 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781597269384 (electronic bk.)
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