COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Midwestern farmers are tied to a Gulf dead zone
Description: A massive dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico grew to the largest size on record this year, expanding to an area as big as the state of New Jersey. Rivers and streams across a huge swath of middle America drain into the Mississippi River and then down into the Gulf, and the nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus accumulate in that water as it washes down, too. Chemicals that start as nutrients for crops become runoff that gets into waterways from farm fields, and then turn into pollutants for sea life at the end of their journey. [Source: Marketplace (Minnesota Public Radio)]
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Source: Marketplace (Minnesota Public Radio)
Publish Date: 10/9/2017
Reading Level: Basic
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