Dire Prediction for Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’

Gulf of Mexico’s oxygen devoid ‘dead zone’ could hit near-record 8,000 square miles this year, shocking report reveals

  • NOAA says the low-oxygen  area is likely to cover about 7,800 square miles 
  • This is in large part due to high spring rainfall, carrying fertilizer downriver
  • Nutrients feed algae, which die and decompose on sea floor, using up oxygen
  • The record set in 2017 is 8,776 square miles (22,700 square kilometers)

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7125953/Near-record-dead-zone-predicted-Gulf-Mexico.html

I forgot all about this in all the talk about midwest floods … FC

Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico Grows – Over 6.5 thousand miles wide

The Watchers
Gulf of Mexico hypoxic ‘dead zone’ forecasted to exceed 17 250 square km (6 660 square miles)

“The June 2018 forecast of the size of the hypoxic zone also known as the ‘dead zone’ in the northern Gulf of Mexico for late July 2018 is that it will cover 17 250 km (6,660 mi) of the bottom of the continental shelf off Louisiana and Texas. The 95% confidence interval is that it will be between 14 628 and 19 727 km (5 648 and 7 617 mi). While there are more than 500 dead zones around the world, the northern Gulf of Mexico dead zone is the second largest human-caused coastal hypoxic area in the world.

Hypoxia, or low oxygen, is an environmental phenomenon where the concentration of dissolved oxygen in the water column decreases to a level that can no longer support living aquatic organisms. . . (more)

 

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