Plastic Ocean

Captain Charles Moore, environmentalist and researcher, talks about discovering of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the summer of 1997, when he was sailing from Honolulu to California. In Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Ocean Moore looks at the secret life and hidden properties of plastics—from milk jugs to polymer molecules small enough to penetrate human skin or be unknowingly inhaled.

Baby turtle with plastic.
Baby turtle with plastic.

From Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Published by Avery.

Captain Moore showing plastic sample.
Captain Moore showing plastic sample.

From Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Published by Avery.

Bird carcass filled with bottle caps.
Bird carcass filled with bottle caps.

From Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Published by Avery.

Two birds on a plastic-covered beach.
Two birds on a plastic-covered beach.

From Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Published by Avery.

Seal in net.
Seal in net.

From Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain's Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans, by Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Published by Avery.

Captain Moore and his sample of plastic sand.
Captain Moore and his sample of plastic sand. ( Melissa Eagan )
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