Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dead Zone The Size Of New Jersey

The Houston Chronicle ran an Associated Press story that states scientists predict a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Louisiana to reach the approximate size of the state of New Jersey. From the article:
The high water volume flows coupled with nearly triple the nitrogen concentrations in these rivers over the past 50 years from human activities has led to a dramatic increase in the size of the dead zone," said Gene Turner, the lead dead zone forecast modeler from Louisiana State University. In addition, "Urban and Midwest farmland runoff rich in nutrients is blamed for feeding the dead zone every summer."
Read the rest here.

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