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Tales From The Underground : A Natural History Of Subterranean Life - David Wolfe

Tales From The Underground

A Natural History Of Subterranean Life

Paperback Published: 1st May 2002
ISBN: 9780738206790
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old

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There are over one billion organisms in a pinch of soil, and many of them perform functions essential to all life on the planet. Yet we know much more about deep space than about the universe below. In Tales from the Underground, Cornell ecologist David W. Wolfe lifts the veil on this hidden world, revealing for the first time what makes subterranean life so unique and so precious. Home to miniscule water bears and microscopic bacteria, mole rats and burrowing owls, the underground reigns supreme as it produces important pharmaceuticals, recycles life's essential elements, and helps plants gather nutrients. An original, awe-inspiring journey through a strange realm, Tales from the Underground will forever alter our appreciation of the natural world around-and beneath-us.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Ancient Life
Originsp. 17
The Habitable Zonep. 35
Shaking the Tree of Lifep. 53
Life Support for Planet Earth
Out of Thin Airp. 75
Nexus of the Undergroundp. 93
When the Humble Explain the Greatp. 107
Germ Warfarep. 123
The Human Factor
Endangered Diggers of the Deepp. 143
The Good Earthp. 165
Epiloguep. 187
Notes and Referencesp. 189
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780738206790
ISBN-10: 0738206792
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st May 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.3  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1