Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion

Series Scientists in the Field By Loree Griffin Burns
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Imprint Houghton Mifflin ISBN


Awards and Honors 2008 Winner of the IRA Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Award, Intermediate-Nonfiction | 2008 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award, Recommended | ALA Notable Book for Older Readers | 2008 IRA Teachers’ Choices, Advanced | 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Honor, Nonfiction | CCBC Choices 2008, The Natural World | VOYA, Perfect Tens 2007 | VOYA, Nonfiction Honor List 2007

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion

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Hundreds of sneakers wash onto the beaches of Canada, Washington, and Oregon. An Alaska-sized patch of floating garbage collects in the middle of the Pacific. Abandoned fishing nets drift through the sea, trapping animals and debris. Floating trash is a big environmental problem, but it also helps scientists conduct Earth-sized science experiments. By tracking the movement of floating garbage, oceanographers can learn more about ocean currents. Full-color photographs and diagrams. Glossary. Suggested reading. Index. A 2007 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book. Winner of the 2008 IRA Children's and Young Adult's Book Award.
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