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Tracking trash : flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion (edition 2007)

by Loree Griffin Burns

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Title:Tracking trash : flotsam, jetsam, and the science of ocean motion
Authors:Loree Griffin Burns
Info:Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
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Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns


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A very informative book that illustrates how creative a scientific mind can be. By tracking trash in our oceans we can learn how the waters circulate. If we know this then we can predict where the trash might end up. Ghost nets are a scary concept but they are being found, tracked, and removed using our understanding of ocean currents. It's a very interesting and accessible book for young readers. Not really a read aloud type of book. I'd say it would be good for 4th graders on up.
  Shermens | Dec 2, 2013 |
So cool that his mother brought him the idea behind following the trash. What an amazing way to find a purpose in life and a goal to achieve. A really great and interesting story about pollution. I have never even thought about where the pollution in the ocean may end up. Eye opening! ( )
  jewolf | Nov 26, 2013 |
This book was so interesting! I love that the reasoning behind his experimentation is because of his mom. I would definitely use this book in my future classroom. ( )
  aalkurd | Nov 22, 2013 |
While tracking trash Dr. Curtis focuses on what other things besides where the trash goes. He focuses on what we can do to help our environment supported by what happens to the trash he is tracking. ( )
  rwalsh06 | Nov 21, 2013 |
This is a nice overview of both the ocean currents and what happens to trash when it is spilled into the oceans of the world. While aimed at children from about 10 years and up it is a very good introduction for anyone. The author takes one of the scientists involved in tracking trash on its journeys around the Earth and shows us how he got involved in this particular area of research into ocean currents and how they transport objects across great distances. Along the way the reader meets other people who study ocean currents and the Eastern Garbage Patch - a huge part of the Pacific Ocean that is literally covered in mostly plastic debris. Located between California and Hawaii, it can take as long as a week for a research vessel to cross it. While I have seen some of the material covered in other places this was the first place that I saw it all brought together.

  hailelib | Nov 2, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618581316, Hardcover)

Aided by an army of beachcombers, oceanographer Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracks trash in the name of science. From sneakers to hockey gloves, Curt monitors the watery fate of human-made cargo that has spilled into the ocean. The information he collects is much more than casual news; it is important scientific data. And with careful analysis, Curt, along with a community of scientists, friends, and beachcombers alike, is using his data to understand and protect our ocean.

In engaging text and unforgettable images, readers meet the woman who started it all (Curt’s mother!), the computer program that makes sense of his data (nicknamed OSCURS), and several scientists, both on land and on the sea, who are using Curt’s discoveries to preserve delicate marine habitats and protect the creatures who live in them.

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Describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents.

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