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Underbug an obsessive tale of termites and technology by Lisa Margonelli

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Published .
Written in English


  • Social aspects,
  • Technology and civilization,
  • Termites

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-287) and index.

Other titlesObsessive tale of termites and technology
StatementLisa Margonelli ; illustrations by Thomas Shahan
LC ClassificationsQL529 .M374 2018
The Physical Object
Pagination303 pages
Number of Pages303
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26964736M
ISBN 100374282072
ISBN 109780374282073
LC Control Number2017059906

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