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The Vanishing Earth by Terry Logan

The Vanishing Earth

by Terry Logan

185 pages
A science mystery with global implications involving exotic microorganism.

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About the Book
The Vanishing Earth is a scientific mystery that involves the microscopic world that we live in. Roger Starling, an established microbiologist, discovers a strange phenomenon in the tropical farms on an island off the coast of Puerto Rico. Some unknown agent that is destroying the organic matter that holds the soils together is ravaging fields – washing them away and destroying crops. Unbeknownst to Professor Starling, a similar phenomenon is occurring in the Dominican Republic and southern Florida. A former colleague of Starling and someone he had an affair with years before, Dr. Lauren Hayes, has become involved with the events in the Dominican Republic and Florida. She discovers that Starling is working on the same mysterious phenomenon and they come together at one of America’s most prestigious research laboratories to solve the problem using state-of-the art DNA forensic techniques. They discover the identity of the soil-eating agent and this leads them to the shocking source of this pestilence and the reasons why it spread so widely. They are working against time as the disaster expands worldwide and the threat is only halted in the end by the combined efforts of international agencies and the armed forces of the United States. The book provides an inside glimpse at the workings of major research universities and government laboratories and details some of the sophisticated molecular techniques being used today.



About the Author
Terry Logan is a retired professor of soil science from The Ohio State University where he taught and conducted research for 28 years in environmental science. A native of Guyana, he obtained his undergraduate degree in soil science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and his masters and Ph.D. in soil chemistry from Ohio State. After retirement, Dr. Logan became President and CEO of a small technology company in Ohio before moving to Beaufort, South Carolina. He now lives in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Logan also operated a consulting business with his wife, Billie Lindsay, for 16 years. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society for the Advancement of Science, and Editor-in-Chief of Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. Dr. Logan is the author of two published works of fiction, The Dark Stone and Little Sand Key.



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