24 May '11, 7am

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Larger Than Ever and Growing

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Larger Than Ever and Growing

If you enjoy breathing as much as I do, this story should be cause for concern. Toxins spilling into the Gulf of Mexico from the swollen Mississippi are choking off the water's oxygen at a record pace this spring, leaving a larger than ever oceanic "dead zone" of lifeless water. The toxins -- primarily agricultural chemicals such as nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides, as well as automobile exhaust and sewage runoff -- are killing tiny zoo- and phytoplankton (the little critters who supply about 70% of the earth's oxygen ), and driving away larger sea life. According to a PBS report , this year's dead zone, already "the largest ever," is the size of the state of New Jersey and threatens further harm to the already distressed Gulf wildlife and economy: Flooding could cause further injury to fisheries in the northern Gulf of Mexico, already reeling from last year's oil spill...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/environment/blog/ocean-dead-z...

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