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Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans

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A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age and a growing global health crisis.

In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu with the sole intention of returning home after competing in a trans-Pacific race. To get to California, he and his crew took a shortcut through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a vast "oceanic desert" where winds are slack and sailing ships languish. There, Moore realized his catamaran was surrounded by a "plastic soup." He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planet-a spiral nebula where plastic outweighed zooplankton, the ocean's food base, by a factor of six to one.

In Plastic Ocean, Moore recounts his ominous findings and unveils the secret life and hidden properties of plastics. From milk jugs to polymer molecules small enough to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled, plastic is now suspected of contributing to a host of ailments including infertility, autism, thyroid dysfunction, and some cancers. A call to action as urgent as Rachel Carson's seminal Silent Spring, Moore's sobering revelations will be embraced by activists, concerned parents, and seafaring enthusiasts concerned about the deadly impact and implications of this man made blight.

Synopsis:

A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age.

In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu returning home after competing in a trans-Pacific race. To get to California, he and his crew took a shortcut through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a vast andldquo;oceanic desertandrdquo; where winds are slack and sailing ships languish. There, Moore realized his catamaran was surrounded by a andldquo;plastic soup.andrdquo;and#160; He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planetandmdash;a spiral nebula where plastic outweighed zooplankton, the oceanandrsquo;s food base, by a factor of six to one.

In Plastic Ocean, Moore recounts his ominous findings and unveils the secret life and hidden proper ties of plastics. From milk jugs to polymer molecules small enoughand#160; to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled, plastic is now suspectedand#160; of contributing to a host of ailments, includingand#160; infertility, autism, thyroidand#160; dysfunction, and some cancers. An urgent call to action, Mooreandrsquo;s sobering revelations will be embraced by activists, concernedand#160; parents, and anyone concerned about the deadly impact and implications of this man-made blight.

About the Author

Capt. Charles Moore is a researcher and speaker focusing on the environment. He lives in Long Beach, California.

Cassandra Phillips has worked as a newspaper reporter. She lives in Kamuela, Hawaii.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583335017
Author:
Moore, Capt Charles
Publisher:
Avery Publishing Group
Author:
Phillips, Cassandra
Author:
Moore, Capt. Charles
Author:
Moore, Charles
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
one 8-page four color photo insert
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age.

In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu returning home after competing in a trans-Pacific race. To get to California, he and his crew took a shortcut through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a vast andldquo;oceanic desertandrdquo; where winds are slack and sailing ships languish. There, Moore realized his catamaran was surrounded by a andldquo;plastic soup.andrdquo;and#160; He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planetandmdash;a spiral nebula where plastic outweighed zooplankton, the oceanandrsquo;s food base, by a factor of six to one.

In Plastic Ocean, Moore recounts his ominous findings and unveils the secret life and hidden proper ties of plastics. From milk jugs to polymer molecules small enoughand#160; to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled, plastic is now suspectedand#160; of contributing to a host of ailments, includingand#160; infertility, autism, thyroidand#160; dysfunction, and some cancers. An urgent call to action, Mooreandrsquo;s sobering revelations will be embraced by activists, concernedand#160; parents, and anyone concerned about the deadly impact and implications of this man-made blight.

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