The dead zones: oxygen-starved coastal waters.

@article{Joyce2000TheDZ,
  title={The dead zones: oxygen-starved coastal waters.},
  author={Sarah Joyce},
  journal={Environmental Health Perspectives},
  year={2000},
  volume={108},
  pages={A120 - A125}
}
  • Sarah Joyce
  • Published 2000 in Environmental health perspectives
After the great Mississippi River flood of 1993, the hypoxic (or low-oxygen) "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico more than doubled its size, reaching an all-time high of over 7,700 square miles in July of 1999. Scientists attribute the Gulf of Mexico dead zone largely to nutrient runoff from agriculture in the Mississippi River basin. During the warm months, these nutrients fuel eutrophication, or high organic production, causing large algal blooms. When the algae decay, the result is hypoxia… CONTINUE READING

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