Plastic Ocean by Capt. Charles Moore
How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans

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A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, and inspires a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age and a growing global health crisis.

In the summer of 1997, Charles Moore set sail from Honolulu with the sole intention of returning home after competing in a trans-Pacific race. To get to California, he and his crew took a shortcut through the seldom-traversed North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a vast "oceanic desert" where winds are slack and sailing ships languish. There, Moore realized his catamaran was surrounded by a "plastic soup." He had stumbled upon the largest garbage dump on the planet-a spiral nebula where plastic outweighed zooplankton, the ocean's food base, by a factor of six to one.

In Plastic Ocean, Moore recounts his ominous findings and unveils the secret life and hidden properties of plastics. From milk jugs to polymer molecules small enough to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled, plastic is now suspected of contributing to a host of ailments including infertility, autism, thyroid dysfunction, and some cancers. A call to action as urgent as Rachel Carson's seminal Silent Spring, Moore's sobering revelations will be embraced by activists, concerned parents, and seafaring enthusiasts concerned about the deadly impact and implications of this man made blight.

 

About Capt. Charles Moore

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CAPT. CHARLES MOORE is a researcher and speaker focusing on the environment. He lives in Long Beach, California.CASSANDRA PHILLIPS has worked as a newspaper reporter and won substantial grant funding from the USDA Small Business Innovation and Research program to research plastic's effect on orchids. She lives in Kamuela, Hawaii.
 
Published October 27, 2011 by Avery. 384 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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In 1997, Moore, captain of the oceanographic research vessel Alguita, discovered what became known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive “plastic soup... lightly seasoned with plastic flakes,

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This now-famous discovery led Moore, already a long-time environmentalist, to become a scientist-activist focusing on what others concerned with oceanic plastic proliferation had ignored: the “plastic confetti” created by ultraviolet light and ocean chemicals granulating the hundreds of milli...

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If you've heard that there's a "garbage patch" twice the size of Texas floating around in ...Unless you like your sushi with a side of plastic, it's time to stop the plastic pollution in our oceans.

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And while Moore shares this view about large plastic debris, several key moments caused him to start to ask questions about all the microplastics that we can't readily see and so are less likely to elicit such a visceral reaction, but that may be doing even more harm.

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