Gulf of Mexico dead zone “the size of Connecticut”

(06/13/18)

NOAA scientists are forecasting that this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – will be approximately 5,780 square miles, approximately the size of Connecticut.

The Gulf’s hypoxic zone is caused by excess nutrient pollution, primarily from human activities in the watershed, such as urbanization and agriculture.

The excess nutrients stimulate an overgrowth of algae, which then sinks and..................................................


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