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Author : David R. Montgomery
ISBN : 9780520952119
Genre : Nature
File Size : 26. 1 MB
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Dirt, soil, call it what you want—it's everywhere we go. It is the root of our existence, supporting our feet, our farms, our cities. This fascinating yet disquieting book finds, however, that we are running out of dirt, and it's no laughing matter. An engaging natural and cultural history of soil that sweeps from ancient civilizations to modern times, Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations explores the compelling idea that we are—and have long been—using up Earth's soil. Once bare of protective vegetation and exposed to wind and rain, cultivated soils erode bit by bit, slowly enough to be ignored in a single lifetime but fast enough over centuries to limit the lifespan of civilizations. A rich mix of history, archaeology and geology, Dirt traces the role of soil use and abuse in the history of Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, China, European colonialism, Central America, and the American push westward. We see how soil has shaped us and we have shaped soil—as society after society has risen, prospered, and plowed through a natural endowment of fertile dirt. David R. Montgomery sees in the recent rise of organic and no-till farming the hope for a new agricultural revolution that might help us avoid the fate of previous civilizations.

The Dirt On Dating

Author : Hayley DiMarco
ISBN : 9780800732967
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 39. 93 MB
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Provides advice and tips on dating and relationships from a Christian perspective.

I Love Dirt

Author : Jennifer Ward
ISBN : 0834822393
Genre : Family & Relationships
File Size : 70. 24 MB
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I Love Dirt! presents 52 open-ended activities to help you engage your child in the outdoors. No matter what your location—from a small patch of green in the city to the wide-open meadows of the country—each activity is meant to promote exploration, stimulate imagination, and heighten a child's sense of wonder. To learn more about the author, Jennifer Ward, visit her website at jenniferwardbooks.com and to learn more about the illustrator, Susie Ghahremani, visit her website at boygirlparty.com.

Pay Dirt

Author : James P. Quirk
ISBN : 0691015740
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 56. 23 MB
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Why would a Japanese millionaire want to buy the Seattle Mariners baseball team, when he has admitted that he has never played in or even seen a baseball game? Cash is the answer: major league baseball, like professional football, basketball, and hockey, is now big business with the potential to bring millions of dollars in profits to owners. Not very long ago, however, buying a sports franchise was a hazardous investment risked only by die-hard fans wealthy enough to lose parts of fortunes made in other businesses. What forces have changed team ownership from sports-fan folly to big-business savvy? Why has The Wall Street Journal become popular reading in pro sports locker rooms? And why are sports pages now dominated by economic clashes between owners and players, cities with franchises and cities without them, leagues and players' unions, and team lawyers and players' lawyers? In answering these questions, James Quirk and Rodney Fort have written the most complete book on the business and economics of professional sports, past and present. Pay Dirt offers a wealth of information and analysis on the reserve clause, salary determination, competitive balance in sports leagues, the market for franchises, tax sheltering, arenas and stadiums, and rival leagues. The authors present an abundance of historical material, much of it new, including team ownership histories and data on attendance, TV revenue, stadium and arena contracts, and revenues and costs. League histories, team statistics, stories about players and owners, and sports lore of all kinds embellish the work. Quirk and Fort are writing for anyone interested in sports in the 1990s: players, players' agents, general managers, sportswriters, and, most of all, sports fans.


Author : John Howard
ISBN : 1558215301
Genre : Sports & Recreation
File Size : 31. 62 MB
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Mountain-bike techniques by a 12-time national champion and world-renowned coach.

Eat Dirt

Author : Dr Josh Axe
ISBN : 9781509820979
Genre : Health & Fitness
File Size : 58. 48 MB
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Affecting 80% of the population, leaky gut syndrome is the root cause of a litany of ailments, including chronic inflammation, allergies, autoimmune diseases, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, diabetes, and even arthritis. In order to keep us in good health, our gut relies on maintaining a symbiotic relationship with trillions of microorganisms that live in our digestive tract. In Eat Dirt, Dr Axe explains that what we regard as modern improvements to our food supply - including refrigeration, sanitation, and modified grains - have damaged our intestinal health. In fact, the same organisms in soil that allow plants and animals to flourish are the ones we need for gut health. When our digestive system is out of whack, serious health problems can manifest and our intestinal walls can develop microscopic holes, allowing undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins to seep into the bloodstream. This condition is known as leaky gut syndrome and manifests differently in every individual. In Eat Dirt, Dr Axe identifies the five main types of leaky gut syndrome and offers customizable 30-day plans for diagnosing and treating each 'gut type' with diet, lifestyle, and supplementation. He explains that it's essential to get a little 'dirty' in our daily lives in order to support our gut bacteria and prevent leaky gut syndrome, and offers simple ways to get these needed microbes, from incorporating local honey and bee pollen into your diet to forgoing hand sanitizers and even ingesting a little probiotic-rich soil. The premise is simple: identify your gut type, learn which foods to eat and to avoid, incorporate your daily dose of 'dirt', and make simple lifestyle changes.

Dirt Bikes

Author : Danny Parr
ISBN : 0736809279
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
File Size : 47. 44 MB
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Discusses these small motorcycles, their history, parts, and competitions.


Author : Steve Tomecek
ISBN : 9781426323621
Genre : Soil ecology
File Size : 36. 64 MB
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"Dig in! This beautifully illustrated, fun picture book introduces young readers to the basics of soil science with a creative presentation of the subject matter and an easy to follow do-it-yourself experiment. Includes common-core-aligned activities for further classroom learning. Story Locale: worldwide Series Overview: The Jump Into Science series presents carefully leveled introductory science topics in an engaging picture book format with a visual character guide who helps readers understand the more challenging information. Each book includes a do-it-yourself experiment with easy-to-follow illustrated steps. Imaginative subject presentation will captivate 4- to 8-year- olds and make them eager to learn more."

Dear Dirt Doctor

Author : Howard Garrett
ISBN : 0292728476
Genre : Gardening
File Size : 40. 55 MB
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Howard Garrett has converted gardeners throughout Texas and beyond to gardening the natural way without chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides. In this revised and updated edition of The Dirt Doctor's Guide to Organic Gardening, he uses a question-and-answer format to present a wealth of new information on organic gardening, landscaping, pest control, and natural living. The book also incorporates valuable feedback and suggestions from gardeners who've successfully used Howard's methods.

Dirt Roads To Dixie

Author : Howard Lawrence Preston
ISBN : 0870496778
Genre : History
File Size : 61. 12 MB
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At the conclusion of the nineteenth century, one of the issues that attracted the attention of reformers in the South was road improvements. Populists who subscribed to the tenets of the good roads movement sought to provide farmers with better access to markets, make the cultural and employment opportunities of cities more available, and perhaps even halt the mass exodus of young people from the farms.

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