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Posted Wed Jul 31 2013: from Grist:
Gulf of Mexico dead zone is big, but not record-breaking big
Just 5,840 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico are virtually bereft of life this summer. This year's dead zone is much bigger than an official goal of 1,950 square miles, but not as bad as had been feared. Heavy spring rains inundated Mississippi River tributaries with fertilizers and other nutrients, and once those pollutants flowed into the Gulf, they led to the growth of oxygen-starved areas where marine life can't survive.
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