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Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris
Paperback - English

In Strand, travel writer and amateur naturalist Bonnie Henderson traces the stories of wrack washed up on the mile-long stretch of Oregon beach she has walked regularly for more than a decade. Hendersonas writing conveys both a keen attention to the specifics of place and an expansive field of vision. The burned hull of a long-abandoned fishing boat, a glass fishing float, the egg case of a skate, a beached minke whale, an unusual number of dead murres, and an athletic shoe are the starting points for essays that reach across the globe. Henderson takes readers from Coos Bay, Oregon, to Vancouver, B.C.; from the currents circulating through the North Pacific to the aEastern Garbage Patcha between Hawaii and California; from Chinaas Shenzhen Special Economic Zone to fishing villages on the coast of Hokkaido, Japan.As Henderson uncovers these odysseys, she meditates on current issues, events, and phenomenaaoil spills, the proliferation of ocean debris, international trade, the evolution of sharks, and the survival prospects of whales. The characters that emerge range from the worldas leading minke whale researchers to the crew of a Coast Guard airbase to a small-town salvager of wrecked fishing boats, glued to the radio and praying for disaster. Strand offers a thoughtful look at the surprisingly far-ranging journeys of what washes up on our Pacific shores.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
0870712993
EAN
9780870712999
Publication Date
15/10/2008
Pages
216
Dimension
22.61cm x 14.99cm x 1.52cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Henderson, Bonnie
A journalist and an avid outdoorswoman, Bonnie Henderson lives in Eugene. She is the author of Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Day Hiking: Oregon Coast and has published articles in Backpacker, Women's Sports and Fitness, Coastal Living, and Sunset, among others. In 1995, she began volunteering for CoastWatch, a program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition that monitors changes, natural and unnatural, on every inch of Oregon's shoreline. Strand arose from the experience of routinely walking Mile 157 on the central Oregon coast, puzzling over what she found.




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