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Author Wolfe, David W. (David Walter)

Title Tales from the underground : a natural history of subterranean life / David W. Wolfe.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Pub., [2001]


Location Call No. Status
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  577.57 WOLFE    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  578.757 WOLFE    Check Shelf
Description x, 221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-206).
Summary Ecologist David Wolfe takes us on a tour through current scientific knowledge of the subterranean world. We follow the progress of discovery from Charles Darwin's experiments with earthworms, to Lewis and Clark's first encounter with prairie dogs, to the use of new genetic tools that are revealing an astonishingly rich ecosystem beneath our feet. Wolfe plunges us deep into the earth's rocky crust, where life may have begun -- a world devoid of oxygen and light but safe from asteroid bombardment. Primitive microbes found there are turning our notion of the evolutionary tree of life on its head: amazingly, they represent perhaps a full third of earth's genetic diversity. As Wolfe explains, creatures of the soil can work for us, by providing important pharmaceuticals and recycling the essential elements of life, or against us, by spreading disease and contributing to global climate change.
Contents pt. 1. Ancient life -- pt. 2. Life support for planet Earth -- pt. 3. The human factor.
Subject Soil animals.
Soil ecology.
ISBN 0738201286 hardcover alkaline paper
0738206792 paperback
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