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The ocean gives up many prizes, just setting them on our beaches for us to find. From rubber ducks that started out somewhere in Indonesia to land Venice Beach, to an intact refrigerator makes it way to the Jersey Shore. Chunks of beeswax found on the Oregon coast are the packing remnants of 18th century Spanish gold. And then there's the naturally occurring flotsam: ambergris, from sperm whales, is eight times more valuable than gold (it's also illegal to buy or sell in the US); seedpods from one part of the globe ride the currents to transplant whole forests (think mangroves in Florida); and then dead whales wash up in the most inconvenient places (the State of Oregon stuffed one with dynamite in an effort to get rid of one large decomposing problem-oops).Author Skye Moody walks the coast, dons her wet suit, and heads out to sea to understand the excellent debris that accrues along the tideline. There she finds advanced military technology applied to locating buried Rolexes, hardcore competitive beachcombing conventions, and isolated beach communities whose residents are like flotsam congregated at the slightest obstacle on the coastline. A marine vessel insurer spills the beans about the Pacific Garbage Patch, a 200-mile swirl of current that holds everything from car parts to basketballs to kilos of heroin. An oceanographer with sufficient knowledge of currents can predict where the flotsam and jetsam hotspots are on any given coastline; the author wangles some insider information from well-placed government sources.Like the best walks down the beach, Washed Up doesn't follow a predictable straight line. It pauses for shiny objects and colorful people.This book confirms that the world is a mysterious place and that treasure is out there to be found.

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Where does it all come from? From tennis shoes, gold doubloons, and rubber ducks to ambergris, seedpods, and dead whales, the ocean gives up many curious prizes. In Washed Up, author Skye Moody walks the coast, dons her wet suit, and heads out to sea to understand the mysterious debris that accrues along the tide line. She finds advanced military technology applied to locating buried Rolexes, hardcore competitive beachcombing conventions, isolated beach communities, and learns about the Pacific Garbage Patch, a 200-mile swirl of current that holds everything from car parts to basketballs to kilos of heroin. Like the best walks down the beach, Washed Up pauses for shiny objects and colorful people and gives inspiration to both budding and seasoned treasure hunters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781570617386
Publisher:
Sasquatch Books
Subject:
Social Science : Popular Culture - General
Author:
Moody, Skye
Publication Date:
July 2006
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
240

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"Synopsis" by , Where does it all come from? From tennis shoes, gold doubloons, and rubber ducks to ambergris, seedpods, and dead whales, the ocean gives up many curious prizes. In Washed Up, author Skye Moody walks the coast, dons her wet suit, and heads out to sea to understand the mysterious debris that accrues along the tide line. She finds advanced military technology applied to locating buried Rolexes, hardcore competitive beachcombing conventions, isolated beach communities, and learns about the Pacific Garbage Patch, a 200-mile swirl of current that holds everything from car parts to basketballs to kilos of heroin. Like the best walks down the beach, Washed Up pauses for shiny objects and colorful people and gives inspiration to both budding and seasoned treasure hunters.
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