POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 7:14am
Dead zone caused by nutrient runoff in the form of fertilizer from farming and sewage along Mississippi
Houston — The Houston Chronicle is reporting; Tulane University is offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can come up with an effective way to reduce the size of the annual dead zone in the Gulf of the Mexico, where water quality deteriorates and marine life disappears each year.
The dead zone is caused by nutrient runoff in the form of fertilizer from farming and sewage processing all along the Mississippi River. Nutrients cause hypoxia, a condition where oxygen levels in the water drop, dramatically decimating the marine population.