Dead Zones

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Dead Zones


Brock, David, Science Scope


Dead Zones By Carol Hand. $35.99. 80 pp. Twenty-First Century Books. Frederick, MD. 2016. ISBN: 9781467775731.

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This book is a succinct introduction to the causes and consequences of severe oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia, in the world's oceans and other bodies of water. Commonly known as dead zones, these often lifeless stretches of water can be found all over the world, but as the author makes clear, the vast majority and largest of them lie along the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

Moreover, the author makes equally clear that the culprit is excess runoff from the overuse and overproduction of fertilizers, manure, and other compounds rich in nitrogen and phosphorus. The author, Carol Hand, follows the trail from the cornfields in the Midwest to the dying fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and shares the stark statistics in full detail. She then concludes with a chapter on what has and has not been done about the problem and what potential steps our society could take in the future to curb the excess runoff. …

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