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(Yahoo)   Somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico there is a man-made "Dead Zone" the size of four and a half Rhode Islands   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 47
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2014-08-07 12:24:50 AM  
So... New Toledo
 
2014-08-07 01:34:29 AM  
yah but how many connecticuts or vermonts is that?
 
2014-08-07 01:39:45 AM  
So, like... 4 square miles?
 
2014-08-07 07:14:24 AM  
That's 12 times thicker than a human hair!
 
2014-08-07 07:25:25 AM  
and that's bad
 
2014-08-07 07:30:33 AM  
Centered around Deepwater Horizon?

/Deadwater Horizon
 
2014-08-07 07:39:25 AM  
I totally heard about this on Discovery channel once. They found some scrolls there or something.
 
2014-08-07 07:44:12 AM  
[Old News is so exciting!.jpg]
 
hej [TotalFark]
2014-08-07 07:51:31 AM  
Good thing Missouri passed their Right to Farm bill.  We were at serious risk of not dumping as much fertilizer and pesticides into our rivers as is economically prudent.
 
2014-08-07 08:03:13 AM  

Ambivalence: yah but how many connecticuts or vermonts is that?


Article says one Connecticut.
 
2014-08-07 08:11:00 AM  
So how many hogshead is that?
 
2014-08-07 08:15:23 AM  

ghare: and that's bad


But, if this causes an algae bloom, and algae devour CO2, that's good.
 
2014-08-07 08:18:22 AM  
How many Olympic sized pools is that?
 
2014-08-07 08:28:35 AM  
Just wait until it uses a baby to protect itself.
 
2014-08-07 08:34:15 AM  

ChrisDe: Centered around Deepwater Horizon?

/Deadwater Horizon


I'm going to venture that you didn't thoroughly read the article did ya?
 
2014-08-07 08:40:03 AM  

Destructor: ghare: and that's bad

But, if this causes an algae bloom, and algae devour CO2, that's good.


But if the algae bloom is so large it become sentient and curses the frogurt, that's bad.
 
2014-08-07 08:46:42 AM  
"News"
 
2014-08-07 08:47:10 AM  
SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS...

BOOM!!!!111!

Soon, people, soon we will be gone from Earth.
 
2014-08-07 09:03:31 AM  
Wasn't Dead Zone a Kenny Logins song from Top Gun II?
 
2014-08-07 09:21:57 AM  
Can you convert that to Shannon Tweeds?
 
2014-08-07 09:23:33 AM  
"It seems to have leveled out in size, but it could get worse"

So pay me.
 
2014-08-07 09:42:40 AM  

gnosis301: Ambivalence: yah but how many connecticuts or vermonts is that?

Article says one Connecticut.


Is that about a Delaware? How many Mount Everests?
 
2014-08-07 09:47:02 AM  
On a unrelated snark. When they were talking about the half a trillion dollar stimulus package, we tried to figure out exactly how physically big that much money would be. A co-worker said he would take that, and I replied that I don't think you physically could.  It turns out it is ridiculously big.
 
2014-08-07 09:56:44 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: So how many hogshead is that?


About three and one quarters to the furlong per one fifth of a barn.
 
2014-08-07 10:04:05 AM  

Destructor: ghare: and that's bad

But, if this causes an algae bloom, and algae devour CO2, that's good.


But then they die and decay, consuming oxygen, and that's bad.
 
2014-08-07 10:09:24 AM  
Whatever libtards. Dead zones are a common part of nature. Nice try making us go live like cavemen by pushing this agenda.
 
2014-08-07 10:11:24 AM  
So...that's where we have to lead Godzilla, right?
 
2014-08-07 10:14:02 AM  

Shakin_Haitian: Abe Vigoda's Ghost: So how many hogshead is that?

About three and one quarters to the furlong per one fifth of a barn.


It's an attoparsec per microfortnight, and don't accept a shilling less.
 
2014-08-07 10:31:11 AM  

The Muthaship: "It seems to have leveled out in size, but it could get worse"

So pay me.


from February:
===
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Tulane University will offer $1 million to anyone, anywhere in the world, who can find a workable solution to "dead zones" in the Gulf of Mexico and other spots around the globe.
The university's challenge grew out of a lunch meeting in 2011 between Tulane President Scott Cowan and philanthropist Phyllis Taylor.
"I think three or four years from now, we'll be having another press conference celebrating," Cowan told a gathering at the Tulane University president's home on St. Charles Avenue.
"He took me up on it," Taylor said. "Well, I'm not stupid. I knew I was going to be the funder, but that was always my intent."
 ===
 
2014-08-07 10:41:29 AM  
Converting from Rhode Islands to Connecticuts is a slippery slope.
 
2014-08-07 11:13:43 AM  
FTA: The primary cause of the annual phenomenon is excess nutrient runoff from farms along the Mississippi River, which empties into the Gulf, said Gene Turner, a researcher at Louisiana State University's Coastal Ecology Institute.

"Primary" but not entirely. Lots of other nastiness, too -- the Mississippi just between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is heavily industrialized. And then there's much of the water-borne waste from the middle of the country, treated or otherwise. And just before it all flows into the Gulf, New Orleans gets its water supply from that. Why, yes. Bottled water is big in New Orleans. Were I a rich man when I lived there in the 80s, I'd just as soon have used bottled water in the shower too.

 

Evil Twin Skippy: [Old News is so exciting!.jpg]


It's annual. Though the article notes that it's actually a bit smaller than it has been in recent years.
 
2014-08-07 11:44:03 AM  

loki see loki do: But then they die and decay, consuming oxygen, and that's bad.


Not if they land on the ocean floor and are devoured by creatures as food. As sprinkles. That's good.
 
2014-08-07 11:58:27 AM  
A little perspective: the gulf of mexico is 600,000 square miles. The "dead zone" is 5,000 square miles, or 0.8% of the gulf. Just so everyone is on the same page without deception.

Anyhow, the way to prevent runoff of fertilizer into the water system is to use no-till farming, which requires the use of herbicides to kill the weeds without killing the crops. So, if you want the dead zone to disappear, support Monsanto. Hippie dilemma!
 
2014-08-07 12:13:42 PM  
Can someone convert that measurment to Chrysler Buildings?
 
2014-08-07 12:22:05 PM  
This is giving me an ice cream headache
 
2014-08-07 12:32:24 PM  
Back in my day, they used to measure things in football fields and we liked it!
 
Oak
2014-08-07 12:53:32 PM  
I need it converted to Libraries of Congress to visualize it.
 
2014-08-07 12:54:47 PM  
Did you know, that if they flattened out the state of Pennsylvania, it would be the size of Texas?

Rhode Island would be the size of Ohio, if it were on Mars.
 
2014-08-07 12:57:28 PM  
Old news? Or is this an "It done growed bigger, y'all!" followup?

Pick: Did you know, that if they flattened out the state of Pennsylvania, it would be the size of Texas?

Rhode Island would be the size of Ohio, if it were on Mars.


And if you placed a blue whale lengthwise on a basketball court, the game would have to be cancelled.
 
2014-08-07 01:23:17 PM  
It's no big deal. The water still covers it.

epa.gov
 
2014-08-07 02:29:50 PM  

Pick: Did you know, that if they flattened out the state of Pennsylvania, it would be the size of Texas?


Interesting, but to make a fair comparison, Texas must be flattened as well. It has some hills and such West of the Balcones fault zone.
 
2014-08-07 03:14:05 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Just wait until it uses a baby to protect itself.


I saw what you did there.

/Stilson '16
 
2014-08-07 03:18:39 PM  
Damn EPA!!


always startin' sh*t.
 
2014-08-07 03:33:54 PM  
I think there's one of those Rhode Island-sized dead zones in New England.
 
2014-08-07 05:52:52 PM  

Richard Hertz: Tyrone Slothrop: Just wait until it uses a baby to protect itself.

I saw what you did there.

/Stilson '16


it went over my head the first time.  But my reflexes are so quick i caught it the second time.
 
2014-08-07 05:57:27 PM  

ChrisDe: Centered around Deepwater Horizon?

/Deadwater Horizon


Mouth of the Mississippi. It's been there for about 70 years.
 
2014-08-07 11:24:45 PM  
More than half of Americans probably can't even identify Connecticut on a map.
 
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