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Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ smaller in 2012

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The Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone for 2012 is expected to be the second smallest on record—but not because of any cutback in nitrogen use.

“These dead zones are ecological time bombs,” says University of Michigan aquatic ecologist Donald Scavia. “Without determined local, regional and national efforts to control nutrient loads, we are putting major fisheries at risk.”

Full story at Futurity.

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