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Book Reflection: Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery (Part II)

Book Review Part I here. Conveniently for me, I had finished Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery, a professor of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, shortly before The New York Times published a relevant article, "Farmers Put Down the Plow for More Productive Soil". This article on modern no-till farming … Continue reading Book Reflection: Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery (Part II)

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Book Reflection: Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery (Part I)

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery of the University of Washington was simply a book on a library shelf among four other soil tomes. That was all the library had to offer for my self-education effort for the UN’s International Year of Soils. Fine. The “erosion of civilizations” part suggested something epic. The … Continue reading Book Reflection: Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David Montgomery (Part I)

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Charles Darwin’s Affair with Earth Worms

(Featured image courtesy of Gilles San Martin, Flickr user.) We always attribute On the Origin of Species as Charles Darwin’s profound accomplishment and stride in advancing scientific thought—to include biology in the context of evolution, specifically.  However, the guy kept busy after his most controversial book. He watched dirt form. I began to read a … Continue reading Charles Darwin’s Affair with Earth Worms