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Gulf dead zone to reach record size
GULF OF MEXICO -- The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico could reach record proportions this year.
That's according to the annual forecast from the University of Michigan and Louisiana State University.
Scientists are blaming spring floods in the Midwest for the possibility of a massive dead zone of more than 85 hundred square miles.
That's about the size of the state of New Jersey.
This massive dead zone is caused by this farm run-off; millions of tons of it flows down the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico every year.