15 Jun '11, 3pm

From @yalee360: NOAA predicts the Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone will be bigger than ever this year

15 Jun 2011: Largest Gulf ‘Dead Zone’ Anticipated in Wake of Spring Floods The Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone, an oxygen-depleted area created by excessive nutrient pollution, is expected to reach record proportions this year as a result of the extreme flooding in the Mississippi Click to enlarge Nancy Rabalais LUMCON/NOAA Size of the ‘dead zone,’ 1985-2011 River basin, according to a forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Using nutrient load data compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists calculate that the hypoxic zone, also known as the “dead zone,” could cover 8,500 to 9,421 square miles, an area about the size of New Hampshire. The dead zone — which is created when algal blooms remove oxygen from the water and suffocate marine life — has reached an average 6,000 square miles during the last five years. But with the flow rate of ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/largest_gulf_dead_zone_antici...

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