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Chesapeake Bay dead zone could be largest on record
Every year the Chesapeake Bay is smothered by a large dead zone caused by farming and chemical run-off. This year's dead zone could be record-setting.
Sat, Aug 13, 2011 at 10:01 AM
Dead zones are created when chemical nutrients from runoff fuels abnormally high algae growth. When the algae dies, their decomposing bodies suck up all the oxygen from the water which kills anything that can't move out of the area.
It makes me sick just thinking about it-- we've completely wiped out all life in almost half of the Chesapeake Bay, one of the most important spawning grounds in the world. On top of that, we are also responsible for massive dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico, in the Baltic Sea, and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
It's not looking good for the oceans.
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