Great Pacific Garbage Patch
by Perdew, Laura







Chapter One The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
4(12)
Chapter Two A Short History of Trash
16(12)
Chapter Three Impact on Marine Habitats
28(12)
Chapter Four Impact on Fish and Wildlife
40(12)
Chapter Five Impact of Marine Debris on Humans
52(8)
Chapter Six Monitoring and Cleanup Efforts
60(14)
Chapter Seven Garbage Patch Prevention
74(10)
Chapter Eight The Oceans' Future in the Age of Plastic
84(14)
Cause and Effect98(2)
Essential Facts100(2)
Glossary102(2)
Additional Resources104(2)
Source Notes106(4)
Index110(2)
About the Author112


"Humanity's impact on the natural world can have disastrous effects. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch shines a light on the giant accumulation of garbage in the Pacific Ocean. With abundant charts and diagrams and large-format photos, this title explores the science behind ocean currents and plastic's chemical composition to explain the threat trash, especially plastic, poses for the world's oceans, and considers actions people and governments can take to try to improve the situation. Features include a flow chart showing the disaster's causes and effects, a glossary, references, websites, source notes, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards."-Publisher's website.





Sailing from Hawaii to California 30 years ago, Charles Moore was disturbed to find an enormous, swirling mass of floating debris that became known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Today, the number of these patches has increased. More alarming is what can't be seen. Trash in the ocean is 90 percent plastic, "the only product on Earth that will never biodegrade," but simply breaks down into smaller pieces. The smaller the pieces, the more likely they are to enter the food chain, where their toxins are dangerous to marine animals as well as people. Perdew provides an informative introduction to the problem and discusses a few proposed solutions, while noting that public awareness and responsible plastic disposal are vital. A color photo appears on almost every double-page spread, while informative sidebars discuss topics related to the main text. An appended "Essential Facts" section summarizes the book's main points. From the Ecological Disasters series, this wide-format book leaves readers with plenty to think about, from possible future outcomes to personal choices today. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.






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