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Strand

An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris

Henderson, Bonnie

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Strand
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In Strand, travel writer and amateur naturalist Bonnie Henderson traces the stories of wrack washed up on the mile-long stretch of Oregon beach she has walked regularly for more than a decade. Henderson's writing conveys both a keen attention to the specifics of place and an expansive field of vision. The burned hull of a long-abandoned fishing boat, a glass fishing float, the egg case of a skate, a beached minke whale, an unusual number of dead murres, and an athletic shoe are the starting points for essays that reach across the globe. Henderson takes readers from Coos Bay, Oregon, to Vancouver, B.C.; from the currents circulating through the North Pacific to the "Eastern Garbage Patch" between Hawaii and California; from China's Shenzhen Special Economic Zone to fishing villages on the coast of Hokkaido, Japan.As Henderson uncovers these odysseys, she meditates on current issues, events, and phenomena-oil spills, the proliferation of ocean debris, international trade, the evolution of sharks, and the survival prospects of whales. The characters that emerge range from the world's leading minke whale researchers to the crew of a Coast Guard airbase to a small-town salvager of wrecked fishing boats, glued to the radio and praying for disaster. Strand offers a thoughtful look at the surprisingly far-ranging journeys of what washes up on our Pacific shores.
Publisher: Corvallis, Or. : Oregon State University Press, c2008
ISBN: 0870712993
9780870712999
Branch Call Number: 917.95 H496s 2008
Characteristics: 216 p. :,maps ;,23 cm

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List - Krysti's list by: multcolib_tamaf Jul 21, 2014

Bonnie Henderson traces the stories of wrack washed up on the mile-long stretch of Oregon beach she has walked regularly for more than a decade.

Ever walked an Oregon beach and found a piece of something, natural or unnatural? So has Bonnie Henderson, many, many times. But she found out where each object was from and why it was on the beach. It was my favorite of 2008. And the author is an Oregonian, so you're also reading local.

List - Marine Garbage by: multcolib_tamaf Feb 25, 2014

Ever walked an Oregon beach and found a piece of something, natural or unnatural? Yeah, me too. Read this book. It was my favorite of 2008. And the author is an Oregonian, so you're also reading local.

Writer Henderson finds items on the Oregon coast, and tracks them to their origins. Includes wonderfully readable lessons in container shipping, glass float manufacturing, and the life cycle of the common murre.


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