Plastic Ocean

Plastic Ocean

How A Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched A Determined Quest to Save the Oceans

Book - 2011
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In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu for California after competing in a trans-Pacific race. When he and his crew took a shortcut through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a vast oceanic "desert" where winds are slack, Moore realized his ship was skimming through a plastic soup. He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planet, soon to be dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch--where plastic outweighs zooplankton, the ocean's food base, by six to one. Here, Moore recounts his ominous findings and unveils the secret life and hidden properties of plastics. Moore includes us in his maritime exploits as he collects samples throughout the oceans, and in his struggle to get the world's attention about the oceans' plight. He describes how plastics gradually emerged as a planetary menace--not just litter, but a potent threat to the ocean environment, and thus to life on earth.--From publisher description
Publisher: New York : Avery, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781583334249
1583334246
Branch Call Number: 363.738 Moore 2011
Characteristics: x, 358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Phillips, Cassandra

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May 18, 2012

Plastic Ocean --- by Captain Charles Moore. For over a decade Captain Moore has been investigating what has come to be called the Garbage Gyre in mid Pacific. This is where unwanted plastics, fish nests and the other plastic cast offs of our disposable society go to die. Thing is, though, they don’t die: they enter the food chain. Alabatros feed this detritus to their chicks; zoo plankton ingest it by the ton and so do whales, seals, and other apex predators. What are the implications of all of this to ourselves and the entire planet. Moore’s book is interesting and highly informative. The book is easy to read and entertaining to boot. As they say: a good read.

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