Thursday, April 17, 2014

Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - ADVISABLE

Newman, Patricia Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 48 p. NON-FICTION.  Millbrook (Lerner), 2014.  $23.  

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Central Gyre is a natural collector of tons of plastic pieces that are left from the garbage that dumped (consciously or inadvertently) into the ocean.  While rarely visible to the casual observer, these tiny pieces of plastic are contaminating the fish, interrupting the food chain and entering the fish eaten by consumers.  This book chronicles one o many explorations of the Garbage Patch and postulates some of the many effects the world’s garbage is having on the entire ecosystem.  Some of the information is heavy reading for some students, but for a student interested in ecology, zoology, or marine biology, this is a great way to see modern scientific research in action.  

EL - OPTIONAL, MS - ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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