A Watery ‘Dead Zone’ Threatens the Gulf

Aug 27, 2009 7:00am

A toxic enemy called the "Dead Zone" is threatening the water where the mighty Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. Resulting from drainage from farmland runoff further up the Mississippi, the pollution is fueling an explosion of algae which dies, decomposes and saps oxygen from the water. Little marine life can survive such a change.Click here for more information on environmentalist Jon Bowermaster's upcoming film about the region.Click here to download a PDF full of facts about Dead Zones from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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