Flotsametrics and the Floating World

Flotsametrics and the Floating World

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

Book - 2009
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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
0061558419
Branch Call Number: 551.462 E15f 2009
Characteristics: xvi, 286 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Scigliano, Eric 1953-

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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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StarGladiator
Jul 29, 2015

In and of itself, this is a great book to read, but especially with the finding of MH370 debris, washed up on the shore of an island in the Indian Ocean, the time span from the crash, taken with prevailing ocean currents, would have placed MH370 [assuming 7/28/15 reports are accurate] as going into the ocean in close vicinity to Diego Garcia, the earth station radar site, which would mean it either crashed into the ocean nearby, was placed into the ocean nearby, or was shot down nearby, Diego Garcia. Personally, IMHO, I'm going with crashed nearby until further notice. [Ref. Someone is Hiding Something, by Richard Belzer]

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fletchmo
Jan 08, 2010

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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