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Biodiversity in the City : issue 1
18 Albury biodiversity in the dirt Ben Wilson Ben is the Head of the School of Environmental Sciences at Charles Sturt University but his real passion in life is dirt, and all the fabulous things that dirt contains. He has worked on soils in both coastal and inland areas and is particularly keen on taking people on a journey that begins with dirt as something to be wiped off boots, to an understanding that all life, including humans, depends on the fragile thin layer of soil that is under our feet. Soil is the most important natural resource and everything we eat and wear depends on the dirt under our feet. Even the water we drink is cleaned as it passes through the dirt on its way to our homes. Hiding in the dark world that is soil is a huge biodiverse environment consisting of animals that all play a role in maintaining the health of our soil. Soil scientists from Charles Sturt University will be on hand to demonstrate this fabulous world, constructing a microscope laboratory that will allow you to see animals up close and personal.