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

ISBN-10: 0061558427
ISBN-13: 9780061558429
Edition: 2010
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/22/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Preface: A New World
Chasing Water
The shoe drops and a quest begins
Growing up near the sea but not on it
Chocolate and ducklings, Flotsam and Jetsam
An educational detour
Dance class and lifelong love
Escaping the draft and working for Big Oil
Hearing the oceanographic call
A boost from John D. Rockefeller
A mentor with a holistic approach to the sea
An aquatic snark hunt
Deadheads and Trident subs
Eulerian and Lagrangian viewpoints
Water bodies as granular and dynamic
Dabob Bay as oceanic microcosm
Oil and Icebergs
Jim Ingraham creates the Ocean Surface Current Simulator
The UW gang fans out
Mobil Oil's first oceanographer
Conspiring to make Big Oil prepare for big waves
Cliff Barnes's war with icebergs and U-boats
Riders on the icy sea
Life on ice islands
North Sea perils
Goodbye, Dallas; hello, Seattle
Knocking on doors
Sewage grease balls and a devil's staircase
Akira Okubo, master of swarm mathematics
Daredevil drift reading on the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Chasing snarks with the Russians
An ocean full of eddies
Messages in Bottles
My father's many illnesses
Our family is reunited in Seattle
Oil bust and near bankruptcy
Chasing the Gulf Stream's frontal eddies
The frustrations of environmental consulting
Low-tech drift sticks on Port Ludlow
The Vikings release the first ocean drifters and find new harbors
Yasuyori's wave-borne verse
The science of determinate drifters and the mystique of message bottles
Edgar Allan Poe, oceanographic seer
Guinness rules the waves
The czar's bottle
Gospel bombs and bottled salvation
I dedicate myself to drifters
Eureka, a Sneaker!
The Great Sneaker Spill
Shippers stonewall, but Nike shares its secrets
The joy of beachcombing
OSCURS predicts the sneakers' path
Another spill: beavers, frogs, turtles, and ducks
Ducky mania
OSCURS aces another blind test
The tub toys round the Aleut Gyre
Pacific Pathways comes to Sitka
Oceanic wheels within wheels
An epic freedom drifter
Hockey gloves outrace sneakers
Wind and waves sort left from right
Why nature is two-sided
Coffins, Castaways, and Cadavers
Four right feet
The float-away corpse
Ignoring the oil-spill omens
Dad's passing and the Beachcombers' Alert
Isis, Osiris, Moses, and Genghis
Freedom floaters and the Loop Current
Nelson Eddy, strikes. Freedom's price
Floaters and sinkers
Follow the shark
The mystery of Barnacle Bill
The dead don't stay down
I lose my sea legs
The Admiral of the Floating World
Far-flung flotsam in the Mediterranean catch basin
Awakening to Columbus
How sea beans conquered the sea
The first flotsamologist
The Azores dumping ground
Messengers from "Cathay"
Invasion of the Finnmen
Reading the waters, not the maps
Phantom islands
Cross Creeks floating archipelago
Columbus's message in a barrel
Borne on a Black Current
Ancient volcanic emigrants
The mighty Kuroshio sweeps them away
Asian infusions in America
Castaways from the hermit shogunate
Ranald MacDonald's bold mission to Japan
Wrecked junks at Malarrimo
The American Coastal Pathway
The Great Conveyor
Ban beans, brick beads, and buoyant urns
One mystery leads to another
The forgotten gyres, rediscovered and renamed
Amos Wood follows the fishing floats
Buzzy's board rounds the gyre
Tracking water by standing still
Orbital periods
Handoffs between gyres
Wheels within watery wheels
The global conveyor belt
Ashes to Ashes, Life from the Sea
Akira and Keiko, apart but inseparable
A young planet covered in floating rock
Pumice as primordial incubator
Akira and I broach our new theory of life's beginnings
Akira's end
A farewell feast
We flush Keiko out to sea
My parents join Akira and Keiko in the Turtle Gyre
Junk Beach and Garbage Patch
Growing official and corporate indifference to marine environmental threats
Deaf ears and cold shoulders
Frustration and early retirement
How a garbage patch forms: Hadley cells and reverse hurricanes
Huxley and Mann on Rubber Beach
St. Paul's suffering fur seals
Collector beaches
Hawaiian convergence
How the islanders used the currents
We reach Junk Beach
Cleanups, pileups, and an unending washup
Charlie Moore's war on marine dumping
Turtle beach and plastic sea
The Synthetic Sea
Plastic, born in mimicry
Pool balls and piano keys: seeking an ivory substitute
Plastic-packed albatrosses
Molecular mimicry
Endocrine disruptors and feminization
Nurdles sponge up greasy pollutants
Petroleum, plastic, lead, and mercury: which is worse?
Rat poison canisters at the Fun Fair
The Music of the Gyres
The gyre orbits add up
Oceanic octaves, a global harmonic series
Melting the Arctic and speeding the gyres
Farewell, fundamental tone
Finding hope
Urban Legends of the Sea
A Million Drifting Messages
The Oceanic Gyres
Ocean Memory
Harmonics of the Gyres
Acknowledgments
Ilustration Credits
Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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