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Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" is the biggest ever measured this year...

Researchers: 2017 Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico Biggest Ever
August 02, 2017 - The Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" the area where there's too little oxygen to support marine life is the biggest ever measured this year.
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The low-oxygen dead zone along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast measured 22,720 square kilometers (8,776 square miles), about the size of the U.S. state of New Jersey.

Scientist Nancy Rabalais found a solid band of water along the Gulf bottom with oxygen levels of less than 2 parts per million stretching from just west of the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana well into the Texas coast area near Houston. Rabalais said the area was likely even larger, but the mapping cruise had to stop before reaching the western edge.


Fish swim around a glob of green algae in Texas

She and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the latest measurement Wednesday. "The number of dead zones throughout the world has been increasing in the last several decades and currently totals 500," the news release said. "The dead zone off the Louisiana coast is the second-largest human-caused coastal hypoxic area in the global ocean and stretches from the mouth of the Mississippi River into Texas waters and less often, but increasingly more frequent, east of the Mississippi River."

Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution enters the Mississippi throughout its watershed, which includes runoff from Midwest crop farms and meat producers that stimulate massive algal growth that eventually decomposes, which uses up the oxygen needed to support life in the Gulf.

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I guess the question is, do you want to eat and enjoy a supermarket full of the foods you want to buy?

If so this dead zone is the price we pay. It has been a dead zone for over 50 years now, nothing new.

Everything has a price. This dead zone is the price we pay for cheap and plentiful food.

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Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" is the biggest ever measured this year...

Researchers: 2017 Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico Biggest Ever
August 02, 2017 - The Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" the area where there's too little oxygen to support marine life is the biggest ever measured this year.
So the dead zone has marine life eating algae.
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I guess the question is, do you want to eat and enjoy a supermarket full of the foods you want to buy?

If so this dead zone is the price we pay. It has been a dead zone for over 50 years now, nothing new.

Everything has a price. This dead zone is the price we pay for cheap and plentiful food.

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One sure way of curing the problem is to use land formerly not in production to produce corn for fuel consumption. Save a couple dead zones right there.
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One sure way of curing the problem is to use land formerly not in production to produce corn for fuel consumption. Save a couple dead zones right there.
I hope the omission of a sarcasm sign was an oversight.

It is a true sin to our planet, and fellow man, that we have converted so much acreage, chemical pest sprays, and fertilizers, to the production of a food crop we then burn in our cars.
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I hope the omission of a sarcasm sign was an oversight.

It is a true sin to our planet, and fellow man, that we have converted so much acreage, chemical pest sprays, and fertilizers, to the production of a food crop we then burn in our cars.
Didn't think it was needed.

You forgot water. We are supposed to be out of water by now. Especially the Ogallala aquifer. People are going to die of thirst just so we can have our huge gasahol guzzlers to go nowhere we need to be.

Do I need a sarcasm thingy here too?
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Didn't think it was needed.

You forgot water. We are supposed to be out of water by now. Especially the Ogallala aquifer. People are going to die of thirst just so we can have our huge gasahol guzzlers to go nowhere we need to be.

Do I need a sarcasm thingy here too?
My bad...; I should remember most of what you and I post is dripping in it.

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Didn't think it was needed.

You forgot water. We are supposed to be out of water by now. Especially the Ogallala aquifer. People are going to die of thirst just so we can have our huge gasahol guzzlers to go nowhere we need to be.

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My bad...; I should remember most of what you and I post is dripping in it.

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The truth is if we did not use corn for fuel, the price would drop further below cost of production. That change would bankrupt a huge number of corn farmers I fear..

2 billion bushels of the stuff from last years crop still hanging around when harvest starts this year. So much corn left, the damaging dry weather that has hurt this years crop is having no effect in raising the price what so ever.

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

This is the result of three years of large crops, with large amounts of seed and fertilizer, coupled with great weather....

Tough times in farm country. Expenses have to come down, seed especially, but fertilizer and herbicides as well, before farms can be financially healthy again.

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let the farmers die. Why would you of all people expect a government bailout? OMG you really are crazy. Gooberment bad. Remember?
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Didn't think it was needed.

You forgot water. We are supposed to be out of water by now. Especially the Ogallala aquifer. People are going to die of thirst just so we can have our huge gasahol guzzlers to go nowhere we need to be.

Do I need a sarcasm thingy here too?
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The truth is if we did not use corn for fuel, the price would drop further below cost of production. That change would bankrupt a huge number of corn farmers I fear..

2 billion bushels of the stuff from last years crop still hanging around when harvest starts this year. So much corn left, the damaging dry weather that has hurt this years crop is having no effect in raising the price what so ever.

United States Drought Monitor > Home

This is the result of three years of large crops, with large amounts of seed and fertilizer, coupled with great weather....

Tough times in farm country. Expenses have to come down, seed especially, but fertilizer and herbicides as well, before farms can be financially healthy again.

Regards, Kirk
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