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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

By King, Wendy

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Book Id: WPLBN0000578244
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone  
Author: King, Wendy
Language: English
Subject: Science., Ecology & environment, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S.)
Collections: National Oceanographic Data Center
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Publisher: Government Reference Publication


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Excerpt: Commissioners, I am a lifelong New Orleanian, and am very concerned about the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone. This area, which seems to grow larger each season, stretches along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coasts, and is fed by high levels of farm and industrial run-offs from half of this country and at least two Canadian provinces. Chief among these run-offs are pesticides and fertilizer residues which wash down from farms and industries within the Mississippi Basin. When these residues reach the Gulf of Mexico, they nourish algae blooms, which, upon dying, literally suck most or all of the oxygen out of the upper levels of the Gulf of Mexico. The algae decompose, sink to the bottom, and leave little or no oxygen for other marine life, including shrimp, crabs, and fish which cannot escape this zone.


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