Out of the Earth: Civilization and the Life of the Soil

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University of California Press, 30 בספט׳ 1992 - 321 עמודים
As the crucible of life, the source and final resting place of everything that grows, soil inspires reverence not only in the peasant who derives his daily bread from it, but also in the scientist who contemplates its meaning as the place where life and death meet and exchange vital energies. Out of the Earth is the culmination of the author's long career in conservation. This history of man's use and misuse of soil and water combines a description of the complex inner processes that form soil with a lyrical assertion of its powers and significance.
 

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Out of the earth: civilization and the life of the soil

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Can the loss of soil fertility so affect a civilization that it ceases to exist? Yes, says Hillel, professor of soil physics at the University of Massachusetts. In this readable and easily accessible ... קרא סקירה מלאה

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THE NATURE OF SOIL AND WATER
21
THE LESSONS OF THE PAST
53
Early Farming in the Near East
71
Silt and Salt in Mesopotamia
78
The Gifts of the Nile
88
Husbandry of the Rainfed Uplands
95
The Desert Rejoiced
108
Tapping the Underground Waters
120
The Sorrow of China
169
Deforesting the Earth
175
ManMade Deserts
186
The Plight of Africa
200
Endangered Wetlands
215
Sweet Water and Bitter
225
Water Management in Israel
244
Abusing the Living Filter
251

Farming the Wetlands of Mesoamerica
125
The Advent of Chemical Fertilizers
129
Illustrations following page
132
THE PROBLEMS OF THE PRESENT
133
Saline Seeps in Australia and North America
135
The Promise and Peril of Irrigation
141
Accelerated Erosion
159
UNTO SOIL SHALT THOU RETURN
259
A Global Accounting
261
A Case for Conditional Optimism
276
Notes
285
Selected Bibliography
301
Index
311
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