A major factor is the abnormally high amount of spring rainfall in many parts of the Mississippi River watershed that led to record amounts of water carrying large amounts of fertilizer and other nutrients downriver. The nutrients feed algae, which die and then decompose on the sea floor, using up oxygen from the bottom up.
MOBILE, Ala. - A record-size ‘dead zone’ – as big as the state of New Jersey - will take shape this summer in the Gulf of Mexico, according to experts.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting one of the biggest dead zones since monitoring began in 1985.
The culprit? Heavy rainfall across the Midwest this spring, causing massive runoff of fertilizer into rivers and streams that feed the Gulf.
Scientists from Louisiana and Michigan are forecasting a Gulf dead zone of between 7,286 and 8,561 square miles. That’s bigger than the states of Connecticut and New Jersey, and more than double the 2,889 square miles last year, when the Midwest was gripped by drought.
Is dysfunction a consequence of social interaction? Like was Adam dysfunctional before God made Eve? If you lived alone in a world you would determine when things should be done based on your priorities. Nothing would be late. Eve and Adam had competing priorities and timelines they kept trying to impose on each other. Was this struggle the origin of our dysfunctions?
Whatever, "... to thine own self be true...." If you can't or don't want to overcome a dysfunction then go ahead and try to perfect it.
The political party in power believes the political party out of power is stupid. The political party out of power believes the political party in power is evil. They are both right.
"In the name of the bee, And of the breeze, And of the butterfly, Amen" Emily Dickinson