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Author Logan, William Bryant
Title Dirt : the ecstatic skin of the earth / William Bryant Logan
Imprint New York, N.Y. ; London : W.W. Norton, 2007
book jacket
 Euro-Am 3F Western Mat.  631.49 L8289 2007    DUE 04-24-22  -  30500101549189
Edition New ed
Descript xi, 202 pages ; 21 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Originally published: New York : Riverhead Books, 1995 (ISBN9781573220040hardback)
Clyde's pickup -- Part I: The ecstatic skin of the earth. Stardust ; The first soil ; Humus ; Saint Phocas as fertilizer ; Sweet and sour soils ; The sand drowns the sea, the sea takes the sand ; Virgin soil -- Part II: The matrix. Fire and ice ; Dirt ; The theory and practice of manuring ; John Adams's manure piles ; The compost man ; The soil of graves ; The dung beetle ; The almost perfect recipe -- Part III: On digging holes. Lessons in digging ; On digging holes ; Phalloi and calendars ; The hole to China -- Part IV: Earth and stone. Earthquakes and moonquakes ; The circulation of stone ; Old quarries ; The foundations of cathedrals ; Groundwater -- Part V: Clay alive. In a landscape of clays ; The theory of silt ; Crevice invasion ; Clay and life ; Kaolin ; The path of a clay crystal -- Part VI: In the dark. On gopher humps ; Of worms ; Perception in earthworms ; The pharmacy of molds -- Part VII: Human soil. The soil and the devil ; The soil apocalypse of George Perkins Marsh ; Husbandry in Rome ; Dio-He-Ko -- Part VIII: Visions of the soil. Underground horizons ; Wind and soil ; The soil man ; Into the pits ; The earth for Jefferson and Adams ; Stardust
"In these brief, elegant essays, the author raises the concept of dirt to new levels. Logan, a monthly columnist for the New York Times, looks at soil formation and development. His topics range from quarries and the foundations of cathedrals to graveyards and earthworms, from husbandry in ancient Rome to composting in Florida. Logan pays tribute to the dung beetle as a symbol of renewal; he notes that dirt is the source of many drugs that work against infectious diseases (penicillin, streptomycin). He discusses the many forms of clay and the agricultural practices of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and the Iroquois. Dirt is a natural history of the soil and our connection with it."--Publishers Weekly
Link Online version: Logan, William Bryant. Dirt. New ed. New York, N.Y. ; London : W.W. Norton, 2007 (OCoLC)989013962
Subject Soils -- History
Natural history
Soils -- Social aspects
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