02 Aug '12, 11am

Big Drought Makes for a Small 'Dead Zone': Because of a lack of rain in the Midwest, far less fertilizer was flu...

Big Drought Makes for a Small 'Dead Zone': Because of a lack of rain in the Midwest, far less fertilizer was flu...

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium The dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico, outlined in red, were far smaller than last summer’s when measured at the end of July. In yet another display of the inexorable interdependence of Earth’s ecosystems, a bad summer for Midwestern farmland has turned out to be a good one for life in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium have found that this summer’s hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico – the oxygen-devoid area of water colloquially known as the dead zone – covers one of the smallest areas recorded since scientists began measuring the hypoxic zone in 1985. According to researchers who study hypoxia in the gulf, extra-dry weather in the corn belt is responsible for the small size of the hypoxic zone, which measures a little under 3,000 square miles – roughly two times the size of Long Island...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/02/big-drought-mak...

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