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Science Daily: Hypoxia Issues in the Gulf of Mexico

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The Mississippi River Basin is home to much of the country's fertile crop land. Though crops are essential, their production has led to an increase in the levels of nitrogen and phosphorus in our water sources. This affects our rivers, lakes, and oceans. Single cell plants, called phytoplankton, feed off the increased nutrients, and in doing so start a cascade of events that leads to low oxygen levels in the water bodies.

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