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Earth Matters: How soil underlies civilization

Richard Bardgett


For much of history, soil has played a major, and often central, role in the lives of humans. Entire societies have risen, and collapsed, through the management or mismanagement of soil; farmers and gardeners worldwide nurture their soil to provide their plants with water, nutrients, and protection from pests and diseases; major battles have been aborted or stalled by the condition of soil; murder trials have been solved with evidence from the soil; and, for most of us, our ultimate fate is the soil. In this book Richard Bardgett discusses soil and the many, and sometimes surprising, ways tha ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199668564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Bardgett, author