The Earth Moved

The Earth Moved

On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

eBook - 2005
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"An admirable portrait of that tireless ploughman: the earthworm...A nifty piece of natural history. Earthworms of the world can stand a little taller." -- Kirkus Reviews
In The Earth Moved, Amy Stewart takes us on a journey through the underground world and introduces us to one of its most amazing denizens. The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its impact on the ecosystem is profound. It ploughs the soil, fights plant diseases, cleans up pollution, and turns ordinary dirt into fertile land. Who knew? In her witty, offbeat style, Stewart shows that much depends on the actions of the lowly worm. Charles Darwin devoted his last years to the meticulous study of these creatures, praising their remarkable abilities. With the august scientist as her inspiration, Stewart investigates the worm's subterranean realm, talks to oligochaetologists -- the unsung heroes of earthworm science -- who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. From the legendary giant Australian worm that stretches to ten feet in length to the modest nightcrawler that wormed its way into the heart of Darwin's last book to the energetic red wigglers in Stewart's compost bin, The Earth Moved gives worms their due and exposes their hidden and extraordinary universe. This book is for all of us who appreciate Mother Nature's creatures, no matter how humble.
Publisher: [New York] : Algonquin Books, 2005
ISBN: 9781565126558
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (240 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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Jul 24, 2013

Absolutely outstanding! A real eye opener.

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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