Flotsametrics and the Floating World

How One Man's Obsession With Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science

Ebbesmeyer, Curtis C.

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Flotsametrics and the Floating World
Pioneering oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer unravels the mystery of marine currents, uncovers the astonishing story of flotsam, and changes the world's view of trash, the ocean, and our global environment by calling attention to the threats that global warming and disintegrating plastic waste pose to the seas...and to us.

Publisher: New York, NY : Smithsonian Books : Collins, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061558412
Branch Call Number: 551.462 E15f 2009
Characteristics: xvi, 286 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Scigliano, Eric 1953-


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List - Marine Garbage by: multcolib_tamaf Feb 25, 2014

Some of you probably heard Ebbesmeyer speak at Powell's when this book came out a few years ago. If you did, I'm sure you liked him. He's the marine biologist grandpa I never had. What was his first job out of college? Working for the oil industry. Bet he has a theory on where all that oil went f... Read More »

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Jan 08, 2010
  • fletchmo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just beautiful!!

the world as a finely tuned machine. the ocean currents as interrelated gears.
flotsam and jetsam as the indicators of ocean currents, and microcurrents, eddies---giving us a read on those gears.

and all bets off as to what will happen when the ice melts....

a truely inspired scientist whose life has been one of going where his deep curiousity takes him.


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