Marine Garbage

Gyre The Plastic Ocean Book - 2014 704.9 G997 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:One-of-a-kind gorgeous, if disturbing, book. Explores the relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of con­sumption, offers an international perspective on a pressing environmental problem.

Ninety Percent of Everything
Ninety Percent of Everything Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on your Back, Gas in your Car, and Food on your Plate By George, Rose Book - 2013 388.044 G348n 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Freight shipping is almost completely invisible to the average person, but to whom is that an advantage? The author sails from Rotterdam to Suez to Singapore to present an eye-opening glimpse into an overlooked world filled with suspect practices, dubious operators, and pirates.

Flotsametrics and the Floating World
Flotsametrics and the Floating World How One Man's Obsession With Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science By Ebbesmeyer, Curtis C. Book - 2009 551.462 E15f 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation: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 from the BP disaster, and I'll bet it's not at all where we thought.

Strand An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris By Henderson, Bonnie Book - 2008 917.95 H496s 2008 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation: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.

Moby-duck The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea, and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools-- Including the Author-- Who Went in Search of Them By Hohn, Donovan Book - 2011 551.462 H7194m 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Sometimes the seemingly simplest questions can be real buggers. When Hohn starts investigating some spilled rubber duckies, he ends up learning about the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories.

Tracking Trash
Tracking Trash Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion By Burns, Loree Griffin Book - 2007 j 551.462 B967t 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:From the brilliant 'Scientists in the Field' series, this is one of the best books I've seen on the subject. Written for grades 5-9, this makes it perfect for interested adults who don't want 500 pages, but just a fascinating waist-deep dip in the surf. Tons of color photos, and very well written. I give it an A+.

Plastic Ocean
Plastic Ocean How A Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched A Determined Quest to Save the Oceans By Moore, Charles Book - 2011 363.738 M8214p 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:That must've been weird. Imagine taking a shortcut in your sailboat after a long race and suddenly you're sailing through a plastic soup. One of my favorite and trusted book review sources describes this as 'gonzo science at its best.' My kinda book. Color photos.

Looking for A Ship
Looking for A Ship By McPhee, John Book - 1990 910.45 M172L 1990 Available in some locations

Annotation:What's it like to crew on a merchant ship? How dangerous is it? What's the work like? My man McPhee goes along for the 42-day ride with a second mate on the S.S. Stella Lykes and hears the many stories of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity and courage.

Dominant Wave Theory
Dominant Wave Theory By Hughes, Andrew Book - 2006 779.37 H893d 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Surfer/author Andy Hughes explores the garbage washed up on the shores he frequents in surprisingly lush photographs. Can the cast-offs of our society become art? For sure. Are we noticing? That is the question.

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You know the North Pacific Garbage Patch, yes? Well, guess what--there are other patches too, in all our oceans. But how did all that stuff get there? And what IS it, actually? What does a patch look like? And how long have they been there? So many questions.... here are some answers, and some mighty fine reading.

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