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Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceansby Charles Moore
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"In 1997, Moore, captain of the oceanographic research vessel Alguita, discovered what became known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive 'plastic soup... lightly seasoned with plastic flakes, bulked out here and there with Ã¢Â€Â˜dumplings': buoys, net clumps, floats, crates and other Ã¢Â€Â˜macro debris'Â ' floating between Hawaii and California. This now-famous discovery led Moore, already a long-time environmentalist, to become a scientist-activist focusing on what others concerned with oceanic plastic proliferation had ignored: the 'plastic confetti' created by ultraviolet light and ocean chemicals granulating the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic waste that have washed, blown, or been dumped into the ocean. In this sobering, impassioned book, Moore chronicles his attempts to mitigate the insidious effects of these bits, which are ingested by ocean creatures and can work their way up the food chain to poison humans. Moore, the grandson of a president of Hancock Oil, is also able to guide the reader through a history of plastic, the chemical process of plastics production, and its indestructibility and threat to our world. He covers some of the same ground as Susan Freinkel's Plastic, but his scientific background takes his investigation deeper." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Book News Annotation:
Sailing back from a trans-Pacific race in 1997, Captain Charles Moore and his crew stumbled across what is now known as the "Great North Pacific Garbage Patch" or the "Pacific Trash Vortex," a vast gyre of decomposing plastics, chemical sludge, and other pollutants collecting in the waters between Hawaii and the West Coast of the US. This experience launched him on a campaign to draw public and scientific attention to the giant patch of pollution, its harmful effects on the ocean environment, and the human practices that have led to its formation; a campaign that he recounts here with the aid of journalist Phillips. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
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