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Published: 28 January 2016

224 Pages


ISBN: 9780199668564

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Earth Matters

How soil underlies civilization

Richard Bardgett

  • Shows how soil, and the multitude of organisms that live in it, control all the biogeochemical cycles on which the functioning and future health of the Earth depends
  • Considers the relationship between human civilisation and soil, past and present
  • Describes the fundamental role of soil in climate change mitigation, food security, water quality and the restoration of biodiversity
  • Discusses the impact of widespread soil degradation, and explains why future sustainable management of soils is key to human well being, even for an increasingly urban human population

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