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Dead zones to expand due to warming waters -- Smithsonian study

The world's "dead zones" will likely expand over the next century, due to warming waters that facilitate the growth of such oxygen-free areas, according to a new study from the Smithsonian. Dead zones emerge thanks to agricultural and wastewater runoff, which feeds nutrients to explosive algae blooms that suck up oxygen and snuff out marine life.

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