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Tracking trash : flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion
Burns, Loree Griffin.
Children's Fiction GC232 .B87 2007

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Avatar for KidLinks librarians KidLinks librarians said:
This book is so interesting it reads like a story. However this story happens to be true and includes great photographs. The Eastern Garbage Patch, an oceanic garbage dump the size of Alaska, is fascinating. Much of this floating dump consists of ghost nets. These commonly found abandoned nets continue to drift with the ocean currents catching and killing everything they come in contact with including sea turtles, seals, whales, sharks, dolphins, sea birds, fish and coral reefs. Just this one problem sounds insurmountable; however, there are ways you can help.
posted Oct 31, 2007 at 1:53PM
Avatar for Ryner Ryner said:
While published for children, Tracking Trash is definitely readable by all, and is especially poignant for anyone who would like to think that trash/litter just eventually disappears. The discovery of a floating garbage dump in the ocean the size of Alaska attests to the contrary. A few years ago I had a sudden realization myself at how dependent we are on plastics. Look around you right now: What isn’t made of plastic? It’s astounding. Two facts that will stick with me: No organism on earth can digest plastic, and plastic doesn’t naturally break down into anything – except smaller pieces of plastic.

This book inspired me to go green in several ways, including putting a stop to purchasing bottled water.
posted Jul 7, 2008 at 9:08PM
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