"Baskin takes us on a tour around the globe and beneath the soil surface to describe the unique and fascinating creatures that make their living underground in some of the earth's most interesting habitats...Every one of the eight intriguing chapters will be appreciated by anyone with an interest in the natural world, especially the unseen world right under our feet."
"At last, proper attention is given to the vast biomass and biodiversity at our feet, humanity's absolute dependence upon this layer of life, and the need to expand science and conservation to save it. This is a well-written and important book."
— E.O. Wilson
"With fabulous prose, Yvonne Baskin takes us through an ecological looking glass to the wonderland of underground… to the scarcely explored living world of soil and sediment so fundamental to the future of life on earth, including our own. This text is essential to understanding what treading lightly truly means...required reading (for all) made delightful."
— Thomas E. Lovejoy
"This is, at last, a fresh, comprehensive understanding of soil and its wonderful world of unseen biodiversity. One of the most talented science writers, Yvonne Baskin has presented a clear view of amazing creatures and microbes and their profound influence on the surface world, including our national economies. Under Ground will be both fascinating for laypersons and extremely useful for scientists like myself who understand how critical the soil is but know too little about it."
— Paul R. Ehrlich
Island Press, 9781597261180, 246pp.
Publication Date: June 6, 2006
About the Author
Yvonne Baskin is author of The Work of Nature (Island Press, 1997) and A Plague of Rats and Rubbervines: The Growing Threat of Species Invasions (Island Press, 2002). Her articles have appeared in Science, Natural History, Discover, and numerous other publications.