Plastic Oceans: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans
Charles Moore, the author of book was also the captain of the oceanographic research vessel Alguita. In 1997, he discovered a massive section of the ocean that was a “plastic soup… lightly seasoned with plastic flakes, bulked out here and there with ‘dumplings’: buoys, net clumps, floats, crates and other ‘macro debris” floating between Hawaii and California. This floating garbage dump would become known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This discovery led Moore, already a long-time environmentalist, to become a scientist-activist. He focused on what others concerned with oceanic plastic proliferation had been ignoring: the “plastic confetti” created by ultraviolet light and ocean chemicals granulating the hundreds of millions of tons of plastic wastes dumped, washed or blown into the ocean. In this book, Captain Moore chronicles his attempts to stop the effects of these bits of plastic have on the environment. When the plastic particles are ingested by ocean creatures they can wreak havoc upon these animals, as well as, work their way up the food chain to poison humans. Captain Moore, the grandson of a president of Hancock Oil, is also able to guide the reader through a history of plastic, the chemical process of plastics production, and its indestructibility and threat to our world.
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