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  • The Earth Moved

    On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

    Amy Stewart



    8.2×5.9in • 20.8×15cm

    256 pages

    index included

    ISBNs: 1565123379 • 9781565123373

    Algonquin Books • 2004

    In the tradition of the bestselling book The Botany of Desire comes this fascinating exploration of the world underground and one of its most amazing denizens.  The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its role in the ecosystem is profound.  It tills the soil, destroys microscopic organisms that cause plant disease, breaks down toxins, and turns soil into rich compost, creating the most fertile areas on earth.  In her witty and offbeat style, Amy Stewart shows just how much depends on the humble worm.  The august Charles Darwin devoted his last years to the meticulous study of these creatures, admiring their remarkable achievements.  It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part in the history of the world, as have these lowly organized creatures, he declared.

    With Darwin as her inspiration, Stewart weaves her own backyard investigations with those of the obsessed oligochaetologists, unearthing the complex life that exists beneath our feet.  From the legendary giant Australian worm that burrows up to fifteen feet below ground to the modest nightcrawler that inspired Darwin to write his last book, to Stewart's energetic red wigglers, The Earth Moved gives worms their due and exposes their hidden--and extraordinary--universe.

    Amy Stewart is the author of The Earth Moved, which won the 2005 California Horticultural Society's Writer's Award, and From the Ground Up.  Her essays and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Garden Design, Organic Gardening, and elsewhere.  She has been featured on NPR, Good Morning America, and CBS Sunday Morning.  She lectures throughout the country and lives in Eureka, California.

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