The Formation of Vegetable Mould, Through the Action of Worms, with Observations on Their Habits

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Read Books Ltd, May 20, 2015 - Technology & Engineering - 222 pages
Difficult to obtain in its original print this classic work on ecology is a fascinating read for anybody with a passion for systems in the natural world. Originally published in 1896. Contents include; Habits of Worms, The amount of fine earth bought up by worms to the surface, The part which worms have played in the burial of Ancient Buildings, The action of worms in the Denudation of the Land, The Denudation of the Land and Conclusion... Introduction: The share which worms have taken in the formation of the layer of vegetable mould, which covers the whole surface of the land in every moderately humid country, is the subject of the present volume..... Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.
 

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Darwin’s little book on earthworms was the last of his scientific works, published in the year before his death in 1882 and more than 20 years after the great work, On the Origin of Species. The ... Read full review

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This little book is much shorter and more easily readable than most of Darwin's works. One of his final works, it is not as bound up in the wordy Victorian style, but still he manages to have the ... Read full review

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The Formation Of Vegetable Mould Through The Action Of Worms
CHAPTER IIHabits Of WormsContinued
CHAPTER IIIThe Amount Of Fine Earth Brought Up By Worms
CHAPTER IVThe Part Which Worms Have Played In The Burial
CHAPTER VThe Action Of Worms In The Denudation Of
CHAPTER VIIConclusion
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Charles Robert Darwin, born in 1809, was an English naturalist who founded the theory of Darwinism, the belief in evolution as determined by natural selection. Although Darwin studied medicine at Edinburgh University, and then studied at Cambridge University to become a minister, he had been interested in natural history all his life. His grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, was a noted English poet, physician, and botanist who was interested in evolutionary development. Darwin's works have had an incalculable effect on all aspects of the modern thought. Darwin's most famous and influential work, On the Origin of Species, provoked immediate controversy. Darwin's other books include Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. Charles Darwin died in 1882.

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