Oceanography professor: Mississippi river is the toilet of North America

By Eric W. Dolan
Saturday, October 1, 2011 17:07 EDT
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Jeremy Jackson, Professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, described the mouth of the Mississippi as “the bowl of the toilet of North America” during a speech at the California Academy of Sciences in September.

He explained that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was only one of many environmental disasters already occurring.

“You can’t really understand this oil spill or put it in perspective unless you know the history of the northern Gulf of Mexico, which is one of the most depressing stories in American environmental history,” he said.

So much fertilizer has seeped into the Mississippi river that it has created a dead zone — a large area in the Gulf of Mexico with no oxygen.

“All of this phosphorus and nitrogen, in incredible, mind-boggling qualities, comes down the river and gets dumped into the Gulf of Mexico,” Jackson said.

Watch video, courtesy of ForaTV, below:

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/09/20/The_Past__Future_of_Ocean_Fisheries

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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