In addition to the various academic texts provided within this section, a variety of other resources are listed below, for adults and children, both fiction and non-fiction.


Yvonne Baskin (2006) Under Ground: How Creatures of Mud and Dirt Shape Our World

Vernon Gill Carter & Tom Dale (1975) Topsoil and Civilisation

John Stewart Collis (1973) The Worm Forgives the Plough

Daniel Hillel (1992) Out of the Earth: Civilization and the Life of the Soil

Lierre Kieth (2010) The Vegetarian Myth

Satish Kumar (2013) Soil, Soul, Society: A New Trinity for Our Time

Edward R Landa & Christian Feller, eds. (2010) Soil and Culture

William Bryant Logan (2007) Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth

Alastair McIntosh (2004) Soil and Soul: People versus Corporate Power

David R Montgomery (2007) Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations

Kristin Ohlson (2014) The Soil Will Save Use: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet

Sir E John Russell (1957) The World of the Soil

Vandana Shiva (2008) Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil and Food Insecurity

Amy Stewart (2012) The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

Jennifer Wallace (2004) Digging the Dirt: The Archaeological Imagination

David W Wolfe (2002) Tales From The Underground: A Natural History of Subterranean Life



Knut Hamsun (1921, 2007) The Growth of the Soil

John Steinbeck (1939, 2006) The Grapes of Wrath



Soil Ecology Claymation Films (2017) Maxwell Helmberger

Dirt: The Movie (2007) Bill Logan, Paul Stamets

The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2005) Taggart Siegel

Dirtgirlworld - Grow! (2010) Cate McQuillen, Maree Lowes

Permaculture Soils (2010) Geoff Lawton

Symphony of the Soil (2013) Deborah Koons

Sustainable (2016) Matt Wechsler

Heart and Soil (2008) Mara LeGrand

A Farm for the Future (2009) BBC/Rebecca Hosking

Deep Down and Dirty - The Science of Soil (2014) BBC

The Birth of the Soil (1948) Encyclopaedia Britannica Films

The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) Pare Lorentz


Children's Books

Doreen Cronin (2012) Diary of a Worm

Steve Tomecek (2002) Dirt (Jump into Science)

Raymond Bial (2000) A Handful of Dirt

Melissa Stewart (2004) Down to Earth (Investigate Science)

Gary Larson (2008) There's a Hair in my Dirt



Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations - Regional and National Soil Maps and Datasets

UK Soil Observatory - UK Soil Maps

GIS Sol - French Soil Maps


Other Documents, Journals, Books & References

The Global Land Outlook 1st Ed. (2017) UNCCD

Long-term pattern and magnitude of soil carbon feedback to the climate system in a warming world (2017) Melillo, J. M. et al, Science; 358, 6359, 101-105

Adding organic matter to soil has a limited effect on water holding capacity (2017) Minasny, B. Mcbratney, A. B. European Journal of Soil Science

Bacterial Communities on Wheat Grown Under Long-Term Conventional Tillage and No-Till in the Pacific Northwest of the United States (2017) Yin, C; Mueth, N & Hulbert, S; Phyto Biomes Journal; 1, 2

Turning Soils into Sponges: How Farmers can Fight Floods and Droughts (2017) Union of Concerned Scientists

The Economics of Land Degradation - The Value of Land: Prosperous lands and positive rewards through sustainable land management (2015)

Global research on soil contamination from 1999 to 2012: A bibliometric analysis (2014) K. Guoa, Y.F. Liua, C. Zengb, Y.Y. Chena, and X.J. Weia; Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B — Soil & Plant Science

Do Current European Policies Prevent Soil Threats and Support Soil Functions? (2014) Glæsner, N; Helming, K; de Vries, W; Sustainability

Soil Contamination: Impacts on Human Health (2013) Science for Environment Policy - European Commission

Early soil knowledge and the birth and development of soil science (2010) Brevika, E. Hartemink, A. CATENA; 83, 1

Unversity of Minnesota Extension - Soil management and health

Journal of soils and sediments

European journal of soil science

European journal of soil biology

Soil biology and biochemistry

Plant and soil