Trash Vortex: How Plastic Pollution Is Choking the World's Oceans

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Capstone, Jan 1, 2018 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
Millions of tons of plastic slip into oceans every year. Some floats and travels slowly with the currents, endangering the health of marine animals. The rest is hardly visible but is far more dangerous. Tiny bits of plastic sprinkle the ocean's surface or mix into the sandy seafloor and beaches. It ends up inside birds, fish, and other animals, harming them-and ultimately humans. Experts struggle with fear and hope as they work to stop the flood of plastic threatening living organisms across the globe.
 

Contents

A Surprise at Sea
4
Shaping a Modern Life
14
Risky Ocean Journeys
26
New Cycles
44
Timeline
58
Glossary
60
Additional Resources
61
Source Notes
62
Select Bibliography
63
Index
64
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Danielle Smith-Llera grew up in coastal Virginia, hearing unforgettable tales about her Mexican and Irish ancestors. She first moved overseas to teach in international schools in Hungary and Brazil. Life in the U.S. Foreign Service has taken her around the world to live in India, Jamaica, Romania, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Washington, DC. She loves sharing stories--fiction, nonfiction, and a mixture of both--in classrooms, museum exhibits, and, of course, books.

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