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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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This book gives detailed analysis on how the trash from our waste ends up in the sea. This book would be great to be used as a resource to be used for doing research on humanities impact on our environment. This book would be great for higher level ELL students, because it has plenty of pictures to aid in learning. ( )
  magen.rauscher | Sep 10, 2016 |
Excellent Juvenile informational text! I read this just because it looked so interesting, and now I'll make sure my middle school library has a copy. I don't usually enjoy science topics, Oceanography presented with a focus on tracking trash in the ocean is fascinating. I leave this book with a renewed appreciation for oceanography and an understanding of what some oceanographers do, horror at what we're doing to our oceans, a reinforced loathing for plastic and new commitment to change my own behavior. Now THAT's a powerful book. Took me about an hour to read, and I imagine my average 7th grader will take about 2.

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  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
An absolute fascinating book that tells all about the damage of plastic objects in our oceans. The book begins explaining on scientist's experience of tracking cargo that had fallen off ships during transportation across the Pacific Ocean. The book then transitions to discussing a massive plastic garbage island the size of Alaska that is literally floating in our oceans. The book then closes with discussing old fishermen nets that have been abandoned and sank to the bottom of the ocean floor to only strangle and kill off species of the ocean ecosystem.

I wish everyone could read this book and have an awareness of the damage plastic is having on our environment. As human beings, we are the worse species, in my opinion, and we must do something soon to correct all the damage we are causing our environments and other species. I am very glad I read this book as I found it very enlightening. If I had a middle or high school group of students, I would absolutely have my students complete a research project on the effects of plastics on our environment. ( )
  mcnicol_08 | Apr 29, 2015 |
Tracking Trash is one of the books from the Scientists in the Field series published by Houghton Mifflin Company. It is the story of Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer and how he started researching trash in the Pacific Ocean. Once, his mother asked where the sneakers that washed up on the beach came from. This simple question lead Dr. Ebbesmyer to study the ocean currents. This book would make a good book for older students to read and learn how some of the things they do on land can affect the world’s oceans. There is a glossary to help students with the vocabulary words in the book. The book itself reminded me of a textbook but reading it was much more pleasurable. ( )
  ecollado | Nov 27, 2014 |
This was a really interesting book about ocean currents called gyres (jirz)and how objects travel. I didn't realize so many containers are lost at sea from ships until I read this book. The information about the Eastern Garbage Patch should be shared in all classrooms. Maybe it will cause people to think about what kinds of plastic they use every day. The book also contains a Glossary, websites and books to explore, and Notes. Definitely a must have for classrooms. ( )
  SuPendleton | Jul 10, 2014 |
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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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