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Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris review Ú 103 ↠ 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 than a decade Hendersonas writing conveys both a keen attention to the specifics of place and anAn athletic shoe are the starting points for essays that reach across the globe Henderson takes readers from Coos Bay Oregon to Vancouver BC; 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 JapanAs Henderson uncovers these odysseys she meditates on current issues events and phenomenaaoil. Most of us see stuff on the beach and either walk on by or put it in our pockets to take home but that’s the end of it Not Bonnie Henderson An author and lover of nature she wanted to know what it was and where it came from In this book she follows the stories of six items found on an Oregon beach a glass float a dead bird one size 11 athletic shoe a minke whale the charred remains of a fishing boat and a sea animal’s egg case One by one she follows the trail of these items traveling to their origin including trips to China Japan and Washington talking to the experts In the case of the shoe for example she traced it back to where it was made in China found the container bearing that shipment of shoes which lost part of its cargo in a storm and tracked the ocean currents to see how it wound up on Mile 157 of the Oregon coast These stories are packed with science but they are also about people and animals Henderson tells them in such a way that even the most unscientific among us can enjoy it

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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. This was a fascinating book about the rest of the story The author recounts the items she found washed ashore on a stretch of beach in Oregon that she walked regularly for many years Her research includes details of birds and ocean life ship wrecks Japanese glass blowing and the running shoe industry I especially enjoyed reading it on our road trip that cover the coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver BC

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Strand An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean DebrisIn 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 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. This is my second book by Bonnie Henderson and I love her writing So much info packed into the books and up to date knowledge of he Oregon coastline