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Gulf ‘dead zone’ may be second smallest

U. MICHIGAN (US) — The Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone for 2012 is expected to be the second smallest on record—but not because of any cutback in nitrogen use.Predictions say that because of a dry spring in portions of the Midwest, the dead zone will be about 1,200 square miles, an area the size of Rhode Island. If the forecast is correct, 2012 would replace 2000 (1,696 square miles) as the year with the second-smallest Gulf dead zone. The smallest Gulf oxygen-starved, or hypoxic, zone was recorded in 1988 (15 square miles)....

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Source: Futurity.org - Friday, 22 June, 2012


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