The Earth Moved

The Earth Moved

On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

eBook - 2005 | First paperback edition.
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Introduces the earthworm, looking at its impact on the ecosystem and its amazing abilities to plough soil, fight plant diseases, and absorb dangerous pollutants.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2005.
Edition: First paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9781565126558
1565126556
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 223 pages).

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Jul 24, 2013

Absolutely outstanding! A real eye opener.

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May 31, 2013

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms --- by Amy Stewart. Right up front: this is not a yucky book. Earthworms aren’t yucky. And in spite of the fact that they hang around in some dirty places, they are meticulous when it comes to cleanliness and to their personal appearance. Okay. So we got that out of the way. One of their earliest students who laid the groundwork for what we know about them was none other than THE Mister Darwin the one of evolution fame. He was impressed by the prodigious amount of work they did day in and day out, burrowing, eating, and digesting (and, oh yes, pooping). He was also impressed by how many such soil denizens were to be found in the fields around his home. So what’s a worm good for besides bait you say? Aerating soil. Creating soil. Ingesting soil-critters, many of which are nasty actors intent on damaging plants. They may even have a future digesting our sewage and cleaning up our toxic spills. Stewart writes a good little book. It’s engaging. It doesn’t talk down to us. It doesn’t preach. She writes with homour and a smile on her face. She knows were-of she writes: she’s been a worm keeper herself for years. If you’ve got an iota of interest or curiosity about what goes on under the surface and in the soil, you’ll find this book to your liking.

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