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Main Title Plastic ocean : how a sea captain's chance discovery launched a determined quest to save the oceans /
Author Moore, Charles,
Other Authors
Author Title of a Work
Phillips, Cassandra.
Publisher Avery,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 666239889
ISBN 9781583334249; 1583334246
Subjects Waste disposal in the ocean. ; Ships--Waste disposal. ; Plastic marine debris--Environmental aspects--Government policy--United States. ; Marine pollution. ; Plastic scrap--Environmental aspects. ; Marine pollution--Law and legislation. ; Marine pollution--Government policy--United States. ; Marine debris--Law and legislation--United States. ; Meer ; Verklappen ; Plastics--Environmental aspects.
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ERAM  GC1085 .M67 2011 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 08/24/2012
Collation x, 358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and webography (pages 343-350) and index.
Contents Notes
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. 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.