A forecast this week predicted that the largest dead zone ever recorded may appear in the Gulf of Mexico this summer. Flood water coming from the Midwest is supposed to bring high amounts of agricultural runoff into the Gulf of Mexico, causing gigantic algal blooms, the subsequent suffocation of small marine animals and overall disruption of the marine ecosystem. Making the most of a terrible situation, how can we turn this into an educational opportunity? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to translate this into lessons in the classroom? I found a few resources that might be helpful: dead zone - National Geographic Education, runoff - National Geographic Education, Runoff and Our Environment - National Geographic Education, marine ecosystems - National Geographic Education.