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Posted Thu Sep 16 2010: from New Scientist:
Huge fish kill - a common sight in Louisiana
This large fish kill was reported last Friday in Plaquemines parish, Louisiana. Associated Press reports that biologists at the state department of wildlife and fisheries have determined the BP oil spill is not at fault. Summer dead zones are common in the Gulf of Mexico, caused by the large amounts of fertiliser that get flushed down the Mississippi river, which triggers a dramatic drop in the amount of oxygen dissolved in the water. Researchers have been concerned that microbes breaking down the oil from the BP spill might exacerbate this year's dead zone and have been closely monitoring oxygen levels in the Gulf.
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'Doc Michael says:
Ah. So it's only standard farming practices via overfertilization. Whew! As long as it's not unnatural!

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