posted on Jun, 27 2013 @ 09:53 AM
I heard this on the weather channel last night. It seems our assault on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem is probably going to ramp up another
Scientists from the University of Michigan
that the oxygen-deprived zone in the GOM could become as large as the state of New Jersey, this summer.
Due to the large rainfall totals this spring in the Midwest, copious amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff will fuel algae
blooms. When these algae die and sink to the bottom, they are decomposed by oxygen consuming bacteria, resulting in low-oxygen (hypoxic) and
no-oxygen (anoxic) regions. This in-turn will kill bottom dwelling organisms, such as clams and shrimp.
Here is a map showing the areas of the gulf affected.
The commercial fisheries of the region were worth over $620 billion dollars in 2009, according to this
And this is just the Gulf of Mexico. The Chesapeake Bay also suffers algae blooms and dead zones.
As a nation, we all need to limit our use of fertilizers, and animal ranchers have got to keep their effluent out of our waterways. Grow more
soybeans, which don't require additional fertilization, and can be used to make ethanol and fiberboard, not to mention high-protein foods.
edit on 6/27/2013 by Olivine because: (no reason given)