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AmynHH
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 6:13:45 PM

NOAA has released its seasonal forecast for the Gulf of Mexico dead zone — the area of low-oxygen waters off the Louisiana and Texas coasts where marine life has difficulty surviving.

The scientists predict the Gulf’s dead zone will be between 7,286 and 8,561 square miles. The high estimate would exceed the largest reported Gulf dead zone, 8,481 square miles in 2002. The dead zone typically peaks in July and August.

The dead zone is created by the delivery of excess nutrients, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus, into the Gulf by the Mississippi from farms in the Midwest. These nutrients create large algae blooms which, upon decomposition, suck oxygen out of the water. In such conditions fish, shrimp and crabs are stressed and can sometimes die due to oxygen starvation.
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 6:59:59 PM

Clearly not relevant.

But the mods don't care lately.
remay
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 12:08:50 AM

Uh, relevance?
jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 11:14:57 AM

Not a surprise
endymion
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 9:35:34 AM

The result of pollution - wait until fracking water causes this on land.
screwoilco
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 9:04:02 AM

can you spell BP
Straitliner
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 6:20:53 AM

So really there is nothing to worry about.
iFueler
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 1:04:45 AM


     ok
rahcat
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 12:20:25 AM

Phosphorus was outlawed in fertilizer within Michigan some time ago.
1momsunshine
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 12:01:39 AM

Really
MidNJ
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:48:28 PM

Hope it is not a record setting hurricane season too.
CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:22:06 PM

The Gas Buddy category is "Daily News Article Discussions" and thus as a news story, it is perfectly suited for this particular thread/forum.

It's sure nice to know that oil and gas can do No Wrong, and that they are the most benevolent to mankind as any Saint in history! As stated by the zealots of their own reality.
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:54:11 PM

Will take many years for the gulf to come back.
montpelier28
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:52:43 PM

so sad
davenles
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:39:33 PM

Mirrors the dead brain zone in DC.
dkp1960
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:38:25 PM

Not surprising based on the muck that is flowing into it and in it.
Zeke33
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:37:26 PM

And this relates to the price of gasoline?
JeffersonState
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:14:14 PM

I thought they did not really know what caused dead zones since there are such things in the middle of the oceans too...
teenitup
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:04:10 PM

Agreed, better suited for another forum.

However, you will see results of the "dead zone" being attributed to BP as the Eco-freaks try to lay more blame on oil and gas.
GreatGraphics
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 8:55:59 PM

A hole in the ozone layer, a dead zone in the Gulf. The questionable short and long-term damage from tracking. One great renewable resource we can use to address these problems- creative intelligence
YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 8:28:19 PM

This is the down side of American agriculture--the overuse of chemical fertilizers which get into streams and rivers because of run-off. If we moved to a sustainable agriculture model, we would be way ahead. It just takes a different mindset and willingness to try something different.
mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:30:20 PM

One has to look at the forest, not just at a tree.
Rayfuel
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:15:59 PM

I suppose this is what makes it relevant?

"executive director of the Texas A&M Corpus Christi-based research institute, Larry McKinney, said ethanol was the principal threat to the Gulf of Mexico."
HorizonChaser
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:06:21 PM

Wah
kx250
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 6:56:01 PM

from submission guidelines:
"Relevant topics include: energy, clean energy, petroleum (oil, gasoline, other fuels), automobiles, transportation (primarily autos), vehicle safety. Other stories may be posted, but are subject to removal."

doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 6:51:37 PM

Better suited for another forum or website.
Pielededrac
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 6:47:52 PM

One more reason to make ethanol with algae instead of corn or sugar cane.
The cultivated algae would absorb some of the excess nutrients and help clean the water.
Every little helps!
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 6:36:25 PM

blame the mid west farmers ?
jimgraham
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 6:35:00 PM

Lets hope that the low flows and the drought from last year keep that from happening.

Maybe another reason to stop the ethanol mandate??
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