Spring rains bring life to Midwest granaries but foster Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’

ScienceDaily: The most serious ongoing water pollution problem in the Gulf of Mexico originates not from oil rigs, as many people believe, but rainstorms and fields of corn and soybeans a thousand miles away in the Midwest. An expert on that problem -- the infamous Gulf of Mexico "Dead Zone' -- today called for greater awareness of the connections between rainfall and agriculture in the Midwest and the increasingly severe water quality problems in the gulf. Keynoting a symposium at the 245th National Meeting......

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