30 Apr '18, 6pm

Scientists Confirm Florida-Sized Dead Zone in the Gulf of Oman

Using data collected by underwater robots, researchers have confirmed the presence of one of the world’s largest marine dead zones in the Gulf of Oman, an area that has been largely off-limits to scientists in recent decades due to piracy and geopolitical tensions. The dead zone, an area in the ocean with almost no oxygen, encompasses nearly the entire 63,700-square-mile Gulf of Oman, according to new research in the journal Geophysical Research Letters . Scientists first discovered the Gulf of Oman dead zone in the 1960s, and collected data on it again in the 1990s. But no comprehensive surveys had since been conducted of the dead zone, ocated between India, Iran, and Oman. From 2015 to 2016, researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University deployed underwater robots known as Seagliders, which surveyed the Gulf of Oman for eight month...

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