Nancy Rabalais honored for Dead Zone research

Three things happen every single year: 1. As a result of fertilizer pollution from the Corn Belt, a Dead Zone appears in the Gulf of Mexico. 2. Dr. Nancy Rabalais studies that Dead Zone. 3. The Heinz Family Foundation gives out nine “Heinz Awards” honoring individuals “whose remarkable mix of vision, creativity and passion has produced significant achievements benefiting the environment.” This year, one of those awards...

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Dead Zone Enormous

Every year in the Gulf of Mexico, there appears a bloom of algae followed by a period of time where no life can survive, a Dead Zone. This year, that Dead Zone is bigger than ever, all thanks to agricultural pollution.  Fertilizers and pesticides from the Corn Belt make their way down the Mississippi and end up in the Gulf contributing to the Dead Zone, but due to excessive flooding in the River, this year’s Dead Zone will be bigger than...

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Mississippi River/Dead Zone Article in NY Times

One good thing has come out of the flooding of the Mississippi River this year: increased coverage of the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, as coverage increases, so does the size of the Dead Zone, an area where, because of pollution, nothing can live. For a greater explanation on what the Dead Zone is and what to expect from both the environment and the government, read the New York Times...

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