The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms (Google eBook)

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Algonquin Books, 2005 - Nature - 223 pages
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In The Earth Moved, Amy Stewart takes us on a journey through the underground world and introduces us to one of its most amazing denizens. The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its impact on the ecosystem is profound. It ploughs the soil, fights plant diseases, cleans up pollution, and turns ordinary dirt into fertile land. Who knew?

In her witty, offbeat style, Stewart shows that much depends on the actions of the lowly worm. Charles Darwin devoted his last years to the meticulous study of these creatures, praising their remarkable abilities. With the august scientist as her inspiration, Stewart investigates the worm's subterranean realm, talks to oligochaetologists—the unsung heroes of earthworm science—who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. From the legendary giant Australian worm that stretches to ten feet in length to the modest nightcrawler that wormed its way into the heart of Darwin's last book to the energetic red wigglers in Stewart's compost bin, The Earth Moved gives worms their due and exposes their hidden and extraordinary universe. This book is for all of us who appreciate Mother Nature's creatures, no matter how humble.

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Her prose is articulate, funny, and smooth reading. - Goodreads
It's a great educational and entertaining read! - Goodreads
Some pictures would have been nice! - Goodreads
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User Review  - Justin Howe - Goodreads

If you read only one book on earth worms in your life, it should be this one. Of course, before I read this book I didn't know of any other books written on the subject, so there's that to consider. Read full review

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User Review  - Erica - Goodreads

Didn't contain very much information. She repeats several points several times, and never really goes in depth with one thing. I don't particularly like this style of journalism unless it's done really well. This one is pretty boring. Two stars because I like worms. Read full review


Darwins Worms
Unsung Hero
The Earth Moved
Intestines of the Soil
As They Can neither See nor Hear
European Conquest
In the Forest
Stalking the Giant Worm
Counting Worms
Garbage into Gold
Public Duties
The Ascent of the Worm
Selected Bibliography
Worm Resources

Natures Plough

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About the author (2005)

Amy Stewart is the bestselling author of five books on the perils and pleasures of the natural world. Her essays and commentaries have appeared on NPR, in the New York Times, and in Fine Gardening, where she is a contributing editor. Stewart is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the American Horticultural Society?s 2010 Book Award. She lives in Eureka, California, where she and her husband own an antiquarian bookstore. Find her online at and at

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