The eight-thousand-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico known as the ``Dead Zone'' is the subject of a two-day meeting in St. Louis, Missouri beginning today. The Dead Zone refers to a condition of low oxygen in the water believed to be the result of agricultural and municipal runoff down the Mississippi River that is high in chemicals like nitrogen.
Experts say there is too little oxygen in the Dead Zone to support sea life. The meeting of the Dead Zone Task Force at the Radisson Hotel is the first under the Bush Administration. The task force is composed of key federal agencies and representatives of states along the Mississippi.
It was formed under President Clinton.
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