MODIS satellite captures images of sediment flushed into the Gulf of Mexico
By Adriana Navarro, AccuWeather staff writer
March 23, 2019, 4:19:04 PM EDT
This is nothing new for the Gulf as snow melts in the spring and flows into the Mississippi River, sweeping away soil and other contaminants along with it. Typically, the soil would settle on the land near the river, but levees built to prevent flooding prevent the soil from settling out of the water.
"High concentrations of soil, fertilizer, and other nutrients from farms, lawns and sewage treatment plants pour into the northern Gulf of Mexico," according to NASA's Earth Observatory.
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"This sediment contributes to algae blooms, which can lead to the depletion of oxygen in the water and create "dead zones."
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