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The earth moved : on the remarkable achievements of earthworms (2004 original; edició 2004)

de Amy Stewart

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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.… (més)
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Títol:The earth moved : on the remarkable achievements of earthworms
Autors:Amy Stewart
Informació:Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004.
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The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms de Amy Stewart (2004)

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I would recommend this for any gardener or naturalist. ( )
  Jerry.Yoakum | Jan 18, 2021 |
The Earth Moved is an overly chatty book that takes a superficial look at the uses of earthworms. I felt the author spent too much page space regurgitating what Darwin had to say about earthworms and going on about her worm bin and her garden. There wasn't nearly as much information about earthworms as I had hoped, just the stuff one learns in junior high-school biology class, and no diagrams. I did however find the chapters on land reclamation and sewage treatment informative. ( )
1 vota ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
I learned a lot from this book. I wish I had read it in print. Unfortunately I listened to a recorded version.

The reader varied from "entirely too perky" to the sound of a very very very long infomercial".

In fairness to the book I won't rate it. My experience with this book was one star.
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
I was pulling this book off the library shelf because a patron had requested it. Though I had never given worms a second thought, I was immediately captivated by the title and cover copy. Fortunately, the library had two copies, so I was able to fill the patron's request and immediately take one home for myself.

The book came alive when the author discussed her own garden or Charles Darwin and his interactions with earthworms. The book lagged a bit as it devolved into a travelogue of sorts with the author recounting a series of field trips to places affected by or working with earthworms. Though she didn't quite live up to her title, Stewart still provides a pretty good introduction to a creature that is more fascinating than most people would believe. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
A well-written account about the earth-changing nature of the common earthworm. This is not simple hyperbole as Darwin informed Victorians...earthworms create soil from compost and bury man-made structures over time with the help of microscopic denizens of the worm's underground world. I sold earthworms as a kid and the little critters have always fascinated me. As a lark, I even raised worms in a container in my kitchen more than 20 years ago to eat my vegetable waste. Now, this book stimulated my interest in seting up a worm bed. An excellent book, not difficult reading, goes in lots of interesting directions.
  NickHowes | Mar 8, 2018 |
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Why is it a worm can regrow most of its body, but we can't regrow so much as a finger?  I am left with the troubling conclusion that the worm's survival may, in the grand scheme of things, be more important than my own.
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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.

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