Books by Christie McFall

Released: Feb. 1, 1992

Beneath our feet—but not beneath our attention—there are more than four times as many miles of pipe carrying oil, gas, and other materials as there are miles of railroad track above ground in America. If the underground water in New Jersey's Pine Barrens were stored in a lake, it would be 18 miles wide and 75 feet deep. Roots from a single winter rye seed, stretched end-to-end, would measure nearly 375 miles. Random facts? No, the kinds of statistics that illuminate rather than stupefy. Here, McFall chooses natural and manmade examples to illustrate the importance to our well-being of the world beneath us. Volcanoes and earthquakes destroy thousands of lives; coal, oil, gas, and gold support millions. These are the veins, arteries, and vital fluids of Gaia—precious resources to manage or destroy, as the choices facing us in landfills and waste management make all too clear. A good idea, well developed and adequately supported by rather dark b&w photos, diagrams, and maps. Index. (Nonfiction. 10+) Read full book review >