The Beachcomber's Guide to Marine Debris - Stachowitsch, Michael
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This richly illustrated book serves as the ideal guide to the items that litter the world's beaches. Forget sea shells and other fauna and flora. Here, you will find what a beachcomber is actually most likely to encounter these days: glass, plastic, wood, metal, paper, oil, and other sources of marine pollution!
Complete with nearly 700 photographs, this guide shows the full range of marine debris items, each presented with insight and a pinch of humor. In addition, the author provides full details about these items. You will learn everything worth knowing about them. This includes not just
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Produktbeschreibung
This richly illustrated book serves as the ideal guide to the items that litter the world's beaches. Forget sea shells and other fauna and flora. Here, you will find what a beachcomber is actually most likely to encounter these days: glass, plastic, wood, metal, paper, oil, and other sources of marine pollution!

Complete with nearly 700 photographs, this guide shows the full range of marine debris items, each presented with insight and a pinch of humor. In addition, the author provides full details about these items. You will learn everything worth knowing about them. This includes not just their sources and decomposition stages. Discover the threat each item poses to these beautiful environments as well as prevention strategies, clean-up recommendations, alternative products, and recycling and upcycling ideas.

Beyond the aesthetic issue, marine debris poses a threat to wildlife, human health, and economic welfare. This book arms you with the knowledge you need to combat these disgraceful and often hazardous eyesores. Become a beach detective! Travel the world's most beloved tourist destinations with this ultimate beach read and help restore these fascinating environments to their natural beauty.

Autorenporträt
Michael Stachowitsch received his B.Sc. degree at the Univ. of Pittsburgh and his Ph.D. at the Univ. of Vienna. He has successfully managed to maintain a career as a marine biologist in a landlocked country, conducting research in the Adriatic and Red Seas and teaching numerous university courses. He is the long-term Austrian coordinator of a Mediterranean sea turtle conservation project in Turkey and represents Austria at the International Whaling Commission. Michael's many activities as a scientist, author, translator and editor have taken him to beaches around the globe: the fauna and flora differ from shore to shore, the beach litter is astoundingly uniform - and abundant. Decades on hands and knees with a camera yielded this book and revealed unsettling truths about human attitudes and behavior.
Inhaltsangabe
Foreword Preface Introduction      Guide format       The marine debris problem       The beach environment      What can you and I do?Glass      bottles      glass pieces       light bulbs / fluorescent light tubes Metal      cans      bottle caps/pull tabs      canisters      drums      household items / appliances      vehicles and tiresPlastic      pellets        beverage containers      bottles      cups, straws      caps, lids       tetrapacks      6-pack holders      canisters      toys      balloons      bags and packaging      shotgun shellsFoamed plastic (styrofoam)      cups / plates / food containers      beanbags      buoys       packing material    Personal hygiene      bathroom items      tampons / tampon applicators      diapers      condomsMedical wastes      syringes      medications      hospital wastesFurniture & furnishings      beach furniture      toilets & Co.      appliances & home electronicsApparel      footwear      flip-flops / shoes      clothing