"In three days' time they saw more than one hundred drifting ghost nets ... and thousands of other types of floating debris"(46).
Signpost: Quoted Words
"'In some places it looks as if a bulldozer has been driven over the coral reef,' she says. 'These ghost nets are really destructive'"(44).
"But how do you find ghost nets the size of a school bus (and most are much smaller than this) in an ocean that is larger than all seven continents combined? The job would be like trying to find a needle in a haystack ... unless you know something about Pacific Ocean currents and how floating objects drift in them"(45/46).
The author used these numbers and states to show how many ghost nets and other pieces trash were floating around in the ocean, and to emphasize it.
Word Gap: Collaboration
"In collaboration with scientist across the country, the two flew over the Garbage Patch using satellite information, radar, and other technologies to spot ghost nets"(46).
This person was quoted because she saw what had happened to the coral reefs after they were brutally destroyed by the ghost nets.
Summary:The Most Important Thing
Curt is using a growth mindset by not saying that it's impossible to find the ghost nets from helicopter in the Pacific. Instead he just kept on trying because it was his passion to save the ocean. If/Then: If Curt just gave up on trying to find these ghost nets then animals and coral reefs off the coast could still be getting harmed for no reason, even though there are still more out there they are getting rid of as much as they can.
Book Club Questions
How many ghost nets have oceanographers recovered?
Collaboration: The action of working with someone to produce or create something. Technical Term: No
Curtis Ebbesmeyer is an oceanographer who studies the oceans currents and their patterns. An example of him doing this is with cargo ship spills. Occasionally there are cargo spills that drop things from Nike sneakers to bath tub toys. Curt used these spills to help study the currents. Curt is also trying to find ways to reduce the trash in the ocean, which is harming marine life everywhere.
1. Curt studied the movement of the tub toys and sneakers in the ocean. 2. Curt and other oceanographers saw first hand the animals who were getting tangled and dying from this abandon trash. 3. One way they tried to reduce the amount of trash in the ocean was asking the beachcomber to contact them if they see any trash wash up on shore.
If the trash continues to build up, what will happen to the animals and the ecosystem?