Starred Review. Grade 5–8—While the subtitle leads one to believe that the heart of this book is about the science of ocean currents, it's actually about why we need to protect our marine environment. Burns tells the tale of Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer who started to track trash (flotsam) that washed up on the shore near his Seattle home. Through floating sneakers and bath toys that accidentally fell off container ships and a computer program named OSCURS, Ebbesmeyer tracked the currents of the ocean. These experiments led to a discussion of how debris is polluting our oceans and causing harm to marine life. Burns introduces the work of several scientists who are working to clean up ghost nets and other dangerous debris. The well-written narration will keep readers engaged, and it's excellent for reports. The science is clearly explained, and the vivid and lively photographs and well-labeled charts and diagrams help to create interest and build understanding. This title will get readers thinking and possibly acting on these problems.—Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY
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In 1990, five containers packed with Nike sneakers were swept off a cargo ship during a storm at sea. In 1992, 28,800 floating bathtub toys spilled into the Pacific in a similar mishap. The book profiles two oceanographers who devised experiments using computer-modeling programs of ocean surface current movement to predict the landfall of these drifting objects. They also gathered data from the beachcombing community to test their hypotheses. The last third of the book describes the mounting problem of plastic trash in the oceans and shows how this debris is destructive to marine life. Back matter includes a glossary, bibliographic notes, and short annotated lists of books and Web sites. Spacious layout, exceptionally fine color photos, and handsome maps give this book an inviting look, though its higher reading level indicates an older audience than some earlier titles in the Scientists in the Field series. A unique and often fascinating book on ocean currents, drifting trash, and the scientists who study them. Carolyn Phelan
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Awesome story! Great for use with science activities in schools, after-school programs, nature centers, interpretive programs and by families. Everyone should read this!Published 14 months ago by N. Meyer
Great information and reinforced my child's understanding of the importance of caring for our planet. Prepared my son for this school year's theme in Science.Published 23 months ago by Michelle Hall
The more attention that is called to the plastic in our oceans, the sooner it will be gone, pulled away by humans. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by M. Heiss
This book is a terrific introduction to the science of ocean currents.
It's straightforward, clear and conveys accurate information in a way that is easy to comprehend. Read more
We checked this out at the library for our very science oriented family, specifically our 5yo son. My husband and I were absolutely amazed by "ocean drift" and found the book just... Read morePublished on March 9, 2010 by P. Chen
I live on the beach and have always wondered why there is so much garbage and why there seems to be more now than 10 years ago. Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by Kim Mahahual
While published for children, 'Tracking Trash' is definitely readable by all, and is especially poignant for anyone who thinks that trash/litter just eventually disappears. Read morePublished on January 4, 2008 by Ryner
This book seems to be geared towards junior high kids and not adults. Large print big color photos. It goes into explaining what a container van is. Read morePublished on December 29, 2007 by off2fish