Archive for the ‘Beach’ Category

Beaches & more

So my friend on the other side of the world went to the beach today (or yesterday if you’re over there). Anyway, tonight’s article (and a book that I can’t remember if  I’ve read so I went ahead and requested it from the library tonight) about sand, are real eye openers on a topic that most of us I’m sure don’t really think about.

On my ride to work each morning via our local train however, we pass a newly built station that reminds me of this topic. Now you might be thinking what does a station stop have to do with sand. Well, the main ingredient for cement or concrete is of course sand.

Anyway, check out this article entitled “Is the World Running out of Sand? The Truth behind Stolen Beaches and Dredges Islands” by Neil Tweedie over at The Guardian. If that doesn’t do it for you, check out the book Sand the Never-ending Story by Michael Welland. Now since I can’t remember if I’ve read this book already, let me just apologize now if I’ve recommended this book before.

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Green Librarian

 

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By the ocean

So as I talked about in my previous post, Summer vacations by the ocean, I thought tonight I would continue on about what one one topic one would typically talk about when discussing the ocean and beaches, sand.

The article tonight is entitled “The Sahara Desert is Growing. Here’s What That Means” by Mindy Weisberger over at Live Science. Reading this article reminded me, as any article on sand often does, of the book Sand The Never-ending Story by Michael Welland. Tonight I just requested it from the library again.

Sincerely-

   

Green Librarian

Summer vacations by the ocean

So as first day spring has passed and soon enough, summer begins to approach, I’m reminded of the times my family went swimming in the ocean or went to the beach. Probably twenty years or more but those memories are still some of my favorites when it comes to our summer vacations.

So maybe that’s why I’m always drawn to organizations that work to protect our oceans. Just this week in fact, I donated $20.00 to a group called 4Ocean, a group that focuses on cleaning up our beaches and oceans worldwide.

In return I get a bracelet made out of that recycled material they clean up. For each bracelet purchased, they will pull a pound of trash from the ocean. While Christmas is still a ways away, I will make sure before then to find another organization that works to help protect our oceans to donate too.

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Green Librarian

 

Perhaps mother nature is our greatest teacher

To follow up on an earlier post of mine entitled “Have we learned nothing from mother nature? ” perhaps we are learning, each and every day. It seems this  recent article entitled “In Island‘s Shifted Sands, Signs of a Hurricane’s Power” by Henry Fountain over at the New York Times gives us an answer that question.

Check it out!

 

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Coast to coast

While I live here, landlocked in the midwest, I have to say that the one place I would love to visit again (and take my kids) is either coast. I have vivid memories of walking along the beach out west in San Diego and picking up sand dollars. I was also fortunate enough to go out  east as an adult and walk along the beaches at Cape  Cod. So with  that said, here is a great kids book that I stumbled upon this afternoon at the library that is all about the ocean’s and it’s entitled “Bubble Homes and Fish Farts” by Fiona Bayrock. Now while I haven’t read it to my kids yet (as I don’t have them until tomorrow night) I’ve been skimming through it ant I have to say it looks great.

I also recently requested a film the other day and picked up today (which I haven’t seen yet) entitled “The End of the Line: Where Have all the Fish Gone?” by Rupert Murray. Now while the title appears depressing, I will have to let you know.

Finally, I came across this story over at Grist,  “Google Maps Now lets You Walk Around on the Ocean Floor“and while it’s a great story I’m still looking forward to the new book “Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor” by Hali Felt.

Enjoy!

 

Green Librarian

At the beach

It’s funny how things work out sometimes. I was just at a point in The View from Lazy Pointwhere Carl Safina was on a coral reef diving trip and when I got to work this morning, I read this story by Chris from Newslook via Care2. The article is Australia’s Huge Marine Sanctuary Expansion” and it includes a short video.
 
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One at a time

This story and subsequent article brought back thoughts to if I ever read the book Sand: The Never-Ending Story by Michael Welland. I know I checked it out but I don’t think I ever finished it, so I went ahead and requested it again.

The story was over at Yahoo! and is entitled “Tine Remnants of War Found in Omaha Beach Sand” by Corrie MacLaggan via Reuters and the article, “D-Day’s Legacy: Remnants of Invasion Linger in Beach Sands” over at Earth Magazine.

Sincerely-

 

Green Librarian