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Corn ethanol production is killing the coastal Gulf of Mexico

December 18, 2007


Today’s recipe is for “Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone”: Start with historically massive agricultural input of phosphorus and nitrogen into the Mississippi River system. Add occasional yearly floods that can double the input of phosphorus and nitrogen following the flood. Dump the Mississippi River into an algae-rich Gulf of Mexico. Heat the Gulf water to […]