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Flotsametrics and the Floating World : How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science - Curtis Ebbesmeyer

Flotsametrics and the Floating World

How One Man's Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science

By: Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Eric Scigliano

eBook | 21 November 2023

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“Ebbesmeyer’s goal is noble and fresh: to show how the flow of ocean debris around the world reveals ‘the music’ of the world’s oceans.”

New York Times Book Review

 

Through the fascinating stories of flotsam, one of the Earth’s greatest secrets is revealed. In Flotsametrics and the Floating World, maverick scientist Curtis Ebbesmeyer details how his obsession with floating garbage—from rubber ducks to discarded Nike sneakers—helped to revolutionize ocean science. Scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, host of CBC TV’s “The Nature of Things,” calls Flotsametrics and the Floating World  “Science and storytelling at its very best.” “A very enjoyable, if at times dark, book” (Nature), it is must reading for anyone interested in Oceanography, Environmental Science, and the way our world works.

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"Part oceanography lesson, part memoir, this cheerful book examines Ebbesmeyer's life and work as a pioneering oceanographer (the first to work for Mobil/Standard Oil, in 1969) and connoisseur of beach-combed artifacts."
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