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Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion (Scientists in the Field Series) Paperback – April 5, 2010
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Dr. Burns managed to deliver a serious message in a manner that is down-to-Earth and never preachy. Her writing style is engaging, I felt like she was sitting in the room chatting with me. The photographs are captivating, and sometimes heartbreaking.
I've recommended this children's book to several friends - all adults. It's fun to read and extremely interesting. I can't wait for Dr. Burns' next book!
It's straightforward, clear and conveys accurate information in a way that is easy to comprehend.
The maps of trash as moved by ocean currents are really helpful.
This book is a great start for anyone who is interested in this subject.
This is a book that not only explains oceanographic concepts, but also gets into subjects such as the environment, conservation, and ecology. And it's all framed in a story that not only is engaging to read, but also shows how the perseverance of a few curious people can change our understanding of the world around us.
It's an important read for young and old alike.
But he leaves the bone & gristle & he never eats the skins.
Then the bus boy comes & takes it, with a cough contaminates it
As he puts it in a can with coffee grounds & sardine tins.
Then the truck comes by on Friday & carts it all away
And a thousand trucks just like it are converging on the bay."
Perhaps the dumping of garbage into the bay is not quite as blatant today as it was back in 1969 when Bill Steele wrote his eco-ditty, "Garbage," but it seems that today's never-ending flow of plastic garbage into the oceans is of more dire and destructive consequence to the oceans' long-term survival than anything they've previously faced. This is one of the conclusions to be drawn from the fascinating and important TRACKING TRASH: FLOTSAM, JETSAM, AND THE SCIENCE OF OCEAN MOTION.
Who knew that beachcombers kept meticulous logs of their finds or that they actually held conventions? Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer who began his widely-publicized work with ocean currents and tracking trash when his mom asked him to figure out why hundreds of sneakers had begun washing up on beaches near Seattle, has uncovered significant clues through his ongoing communications with beachcombers. We learn in TRACKING TRASH that there are slight changes year to year in the oceans' currents and that projections of those current flows is now a well-refined science whose origins harken back to scientific work by Benjamin Franklin.
The first part of TRACKING TRASH is especially entertaining to read. Huge cargo containers periodically fall from enormous cargo ships in big storms. The cargo gets loose and takes off with the currents.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have any interest in the environment, you will really be fascinated in this book
This is an interesting books, I was curious what happens to the trash.Published 10 months ago by S.G. Shanahan
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 on July 3, 2014 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 on September 29, 2013 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
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