The Ground Beneath Us by Paul Bogard is literally about the ground or dirt. The book is divided into three main sections with different chapters within each. Mr. Bogard travels to different areas and discusses the ground in each. I did like the book although toward the end the book lost much of its momentum. The book should be read more for enjoyment than scientific information.
Whit Gibbons' Snakes of the Eastern United States is an informative book on the over 60 snake species found in the eastern US. I most appreciated the tip on distinguishing venomous and non-venomous snakes. Even more reassuring was the data on snake bites and fatalities. The full color photographs of each snake featured helped reinforce the identification material. I will never be a fan of snakes, but I did want to be able to identify the type of snakes I see. The book also covers invasive species of snakes. The book is well written with clear, concise information.
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