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The last book Charles Darwin wrote, this classic on earthworms was a bestseller in that day from the start--selling just as many copies as Darwin's book on the origin of the species. Although Darwin began his observations on earthworms as a young man, it was only later in life that he returned to his worm pursuits. At the time when Darwin started looking at the worms, no one appreciated the role they had in agriculture. In fact, most people thought earthworms were pests. But Darwin was convinced they were valuable for turning over the soil, in part by chewing it up and pooping it out, thereby making it more fertile. As Darwin discovered--and explained in this book--earthworms are major contributors to soil biodiversity, are significant ecosystem engineers in terrestrial soils, and represent a large component of the stock of natural soil capital from which a range of ecosystem services flow. A classic in its own right, this book is now regarded by some as a cornerstone of the literature on pedogenesis, particularly so for first documenting the importance of faunal mixing of soil.
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This book, published in 1881, was the result of many years of experimentation and observation by Darwin in the open-air laboratory of his garden at Down House in Kent. His insights are as important, and his descriptions of his experiments as fascinating, now as they were then.About the Author:
Charles Darwin was an English naturalist and author best-known for his revolutionary theories on the origin of species, human evolution, and natural selection. A life-long interest in the natural world led Darwin to neglect his medical studies and instead embark on a five-year scientific voyage on the HMS Beagle, where he established his reputation as a geologist and gathered much of the evidence that fuelled his later theories.A prolific writer, Darwin s most famous published works include The Voyage of the Beagle, On the Origin of Species, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, and The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals. Darwin died in 1882, and in recognition of his contributions to science, is buried in Westminster Abbey along with John Herschel and Isaac Newton.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1519531834