Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 56 pages
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Aided by an army of beachcombers, oceanographer Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracks trash in the name of science. From sneakers to hockey gloves, Curt monitors the watery fate of human-made cargo that has spilled into the ocean. The information he collects is much more than casual news; it is important scientific data. And with careful analysis, Curt, along with a community of scientists, friends, and beachcombers alike, is using his data to understand and protect our ocean.

In engaging text and unforgettable images, readers meet the woman who started it all (Curt's mother!), the computer program that makes sense of his data (nicknamed OSCURS), and several scientists, both on land and on the sea, who are using Curt's discoveries to preserve delicate marine habitats and protect the creatures who live in them. A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book for Nonfiction.


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User Review  - magen.rauscher - LibraryThing

This book gives detailed analysis on how the trash from our waste ends up in the sea. This book would be great to be used as a resource to be used for doing research on humanities impact on our ... Read full review

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

Excellent Juvenile informational text! I read this just because it looked so interesting, and now I'll make sure my middle school library has a copy. I don't usually enjoy science topics, Oceanography ... Read full review


CHAPTER THREE Another Day Another Spill
CHAPTER FIVE Monster Debris
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Loree Griffin Burns, Ph.D., did her doctoral work far from the Pacific Ocean, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. While writing this book, however, she made several trips to the Pacific coast. Ms. Burns lives in Massachusetts with her husband and children.

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