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Title:
Plastic ocean : how a sea captain's chance discovery launched a determined quest to save the oceans / Capt. Charles Moore with Cassandra Phillips
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Imprint:
New York : Avery, c2011
Description:
x, 358 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 22 cm
ISBN:
1583334246
9781583334249
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Summary:
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
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Formatted contents note
A plastic soup
Synthetic evolution
Surfing the learning curve
Swept away : the oceans as global dumpster
The plastic sea around us
The invention of throwaway living
Harm
The plastic age
Gonzo science
The message finds its medium
Net losses
Indigestible
Bad chemistry
Debris forensics
Erasing our plastic footprint
Refuse
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Geology Library GC1085 .M67 2011 Geology c.1 Book on shelf -


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