The soil is the work-place of farmers and gardeners, but it is also an environment inhabited by insects that can leap into the air to a record height, multilegged scavengers that are vital to the decomposition of matter and the long, thin, entwining strands of thousands of species of fungi. It is perhaps one of the great unsung disappearing natural resources, with over 10 million tonnes being destroyed every year worldwide. Although it pays a vital role in the functioning of the world, it has often been overlooked, mainly because it contains a huge range of different fields, all of which have become specialists in their own right. This book brings together specialists in each field to give a broad overview of the advances that have been made since Sir John Rusell's "The World of the Soil" was published in this series in 1947. The first two chapters introduce the physical structure of the soil, the next four chapters deal with the specific animals and plants and how they can exploit this environment and the final four chapters describe how these animals interact and how man has used and abused the soil in his striving to gain more and more from this resource.
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Book Description Collins, 1992. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. paperback, pictorial card covers, lightly creased bottom corner of front cover o/w a very good tightly bound an unmarked copy, b&w illustrations, coloured plates, 192pp. Bookseller Inventory # 196503
Book Description Collins. Book Condition: Good. Ex-library, so some stamps and wear, but in good overall condition. Bookseller Inventory # Z1-M-004-01205
Book Description HarperCollins, 1992. Book Condition: Used - Good. Good paperback. 1st ed.. Gift inscription on front cover verso; front cover & early pages slightly 'wavy'; binding tight; generally slightly worn. Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS216339I
Book Description Harper Collins, London , United Kingdom, 1992. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good ++. First Edition. Trade paperback, 192 pages, "With 14 colour photographs and 100 black and white photographs and drawings"; very light creases to covers, one very pale red ink smudge to fore edge, but very clean and unmarked, unread condition, otherwise almost as new. Bookseller Inventory # 029458
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited, London, 1990. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Paperback Edition. 8vo. - 216 mm. Trade paperback. Illustrated. Pp. 192. Mild wear and faint creasing (very minor) to cover. Sunning to spine with fading from green to blue along rear edge. Bookseller Inventory # 004356
Book Description London: HarperCollins / Harper Collins / The New naturalist Series, 1992, 1st Edition, 1st Printing, 1992. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Photo Cover (illustrator). First Edition. -----------trade paperback size softcover, a Very Good copy with light wear, small sticker pull on front cover, 192 pages, colour and b&w photos, b&w illustrations, contents include: Editor's preface; Author's Preface; ARCHITECTURE of the SOIL WORLD -by Davis and Ball ---The soil surface and superficial plant remains; Humus; The mineral skeleton; Soil pores, atmosphere and water --- The VARIETY of SOILS in BRITAIN -by Ball --- Soil forming factors; Soil classification --- ROOTS - by Fitter --- Mycorrhizas; Root nodules --- The SOIL FAUNA: ARTHROPODS - by Davis --- Soil micro-arthropods; Mites; Collembola; Woodlice and soil habitats; Millipedes and centipedes; Spiders; Vegetarian insects; Beetles as predators; Ants and ant hills ---OTHER SOIL ANIMALS -by Davis --- Earthworms; Soil nematodes; Snails and slugs; Moles ---BACTERIA and other MICROORGANISMS of the SOIL -by Walker --- Activities of soil microbes; Fungi, yeasts, actinomycetes and algae --- NATURAK HABITATS -by Ball and Davis ---Woodlands; Moorland and hill; Grassland habitats --- AGRICULTURAL SOILS - PRODUCTIVITY and MANAGEMENT -by Davis ---A brief history; Cultivation; Fertilizers; Field drainage and irrigation; Straw disposal; Postscript --- AGRICULTURAL SOILS - A Sideways Look -by Davis and Walker --- Cultivation; Pesticides; Breakdown of pesticides; Leaching of nitrates; Erosion; Organic farming --- RECLAMATION and RESTORATION - by Davis --- Natural processes; Soil reclamation; INDEX, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Bookseller Inventory # 146104
Book Description Harper Collins., 1992. A softback publication of 192 pages in very nearly fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 4466
Book Description Harper Collins, London , United Kingdom, 1992. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. Trade paperback, 192 pages, "With 14 colour photographs and 100 black and white photographs and drawings"; very tiny traces of shelf wear, ink signature, but unread condition, otherwise essentially as new. Bookseller Inventory # 034651