The World's Lumber Room

Read by Ruth Golding

(4.6 stars; 15 reviews)

If this book were written today, it would be called "The Story of the World's Rubbish".

That may not sound a promising subject for a book, but we are taken on a journey all over the world (and beyond) to explain the many varieties of dust and refuse - animal, vegetable and mineral - how it is made both by man and by nature, what happens to it, and why we need it. We find that recycling is nothing new: man has been doing it for centuries, and nature has been doing it for billions of years. As every schoolboy knows, 'matter is neither created nor destroyed', so it stands to reason that every particle of it must be somewhere.

This study of our knowledge of the earth was written for the layman before most of the -ologies were even a twinkle in a professor's eye. Geology, meteorology, hydrology, biology, glaciology and even sociology and anthropology all have their place in this readable and enjoyable tour of the earth's 'lumber room'.

Though some of the science is out of date - it was written, for instance, 80 years before the theory of plate tectonics was understood - the author admits candidly when the science of the day does not yet provide answers to some questions. The almost contemporary description of the eruption of Krakatoa still resonates with us - compare the effect on our modern world of Mount St. Helens and Eyjafjallajökull in recent decades.

Miss Gaye shows that far from everything in nature's lumber room being rubbish, every speck of dust has a purpose. The dust-cart (garbage truck) will never look the same to you again. (Summary by Ruth Golding) (9 hr 2 min)


00 Preface 3:15 Read by Ruth Golding
01 Dust Ho! 36:04 Read by Ruth Golding
02 Dust-makers - Frost, Heat, Air and Water 22:49 Read by Ruth Golding
03 Dust-makers - Wind, Waves, Rain 19:39 Read by Ruth Golding
04 Dust-makers and Dust-carriers - Running Water 28:38 Read by Ruth Golding
05 Dust-makers and Dust-carriers - Glaciers and Icebergs 20:25 Read by Ruth Golding
06 Dust-makers - Earthquakes and Volcanoes 25:43 Read by Ruth Golding
07 Dust-makers - Vegetables and Animals 24:25 Read by Ruth Golding
08 What Becomes of the 'Dust' - Towns and Cities 35:01 Read by Ruth Golding
09 What Becomes of the 'Dust' - Coral Islands, etc 39:57 Read by Ruth Golding
10 What Becomes of the 'Dust' - Flint, Salt, etc 28:05 Read by Ruth Golding
11 Vegetable Scavengers 32:12 Read by Ruth Golding
12 Vegetable Refuse 26:03 Read by Ruth Golding
13 Animal Scavengers - Termites, etc. 19:19 Read by Ruth Golding
14 Animal Scavengers - Ants, Flies and Beetles 34:17 Read by Ruth Golding
15 Animal Scavengers - Crustaceans, Birds and Mammals 41:26 Read by Ruth Golding
16 Animal Remains and Ancient Dust-heaps 25:37 Read by Ruth Golding
17 Household Refuse 43:41 Read by Ruth Golding
18 Miscellaneous Refuse 36:03 Read by Ruth Golding


Treatise on the recyclables in what we throw away, only written

(5 stars)

Looking at our garbage through the eyes of the dustman, scientist, lawyer, police, doctor, and nature lover. What is in our garbage can, or? dust bin? asit's known by our english cousins? And what can we learn and earn from it? More treatable than I make it sound. The lovely authoritative voice of Librovox narrator extraordinaire, Ruth Golding is just right here. Thank you for a fascinating read!

Ecology + Geology = A Great Book

(5 stars)

I've never heard a more complete, and fascinating, explanation of dust, dirt. sand, clay, glaciers, erosion, icebergs, diatomes, the water cycle, natural recycling by insects and fungi, and industrial recycling possibilities by humans. There is even good, if simplified, information about volcanoes, and an understanding that the Earth has a molten center. And Perfect Narration!