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 London Collins, 1992. Hardcover with dustjacket,First Edition ,192 pages. A comprehensive examination of the structure of the soil together with a review of the animals and plants that exploit this environment illustrated with maps diagrams and photographs. One of the two scarcer books in the New Naturalist series Complete with a Robert Gillmor dustjacket dustjacket .Fine in a Fine dustjacket colour fade to jacket spine but still a lovely copy. No inscriptions and not price clipped copy. Bookseller Inventory # 27128
Book Description Collins. Book Condition: Very Good. Used - Very Good. Ex-library, but has been well cared for. Bookseller Inventory # Z1-J-012-00978
Book Description 1992 Collins, 1992. Hardback. 1992 1st edition, fine. Dust jacket fine, not price clipped, some fading to spine as usual. Bookseller Inventory # N77F
Book Description London; Collins, 1992., 1992. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Octavo. 192 pp. Book Condition: Fine. Jacket Condition: Fine. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles to spine in unclipped pictorial dust-jacket with cover design by Robert Gillmor. Number 77 in the New Naturalist series and one of the "Golden 13" most sought-after titles. Scarce, particularly in this condition. Bookseller Inventory # 3899
Book Description Collins, London, 1992. Cloth, Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 192pp. Illustrated in colour and black and white. Nominal fade to dustjacket spine. Size: 220x150mm. Bookseller Inventory # 18958
Book Description Harper Collins, London, 1992. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 192pp; New Naturalist No.77; 14 coloured photographs and 100 b/w photographs and drawings; pictorial d/j in clear covering, slight fading to spine. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 036184
Book Description Collins, 1992. Hardback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First edition.. 1st 1992. Fine condition in a fine dustwrapper. New Naturalist No. 77. 14 colour photos and 100 b/w photos and drawings. [S]. Bookseller Inventory # 2116223
Book Description Collins, London, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. A near fine to fine copy of the first and only hardback edition, pp. 192, 14 colour photographs and 150 b/w photographs and drawings. Dust jacket fine, but for minimal fading to the spine, not price-clipped, now protected in a clear removable archival sleeve. Green Buckram boards fine. Contents clean and tight, no inscriptions, appears unread. A fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. [Collecting the New Naturalists NN77A] Size: 8vo (16 x 22cm). Bookseller Inventory # 019873