Dead Zone

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7:26 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Dead Zone Forecast: Will Remain 'Average' Size In 2014

Researchers are expecting the low-oxygen “dead zone” that forms every year in the Gulf of Mexico to remain about the same size.

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium forecast calls for the dead zone to be about 5,700 square miles.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the dead zone could be smaller — possibly as low as 4,600 square miles this summer.

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7:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

This Summer's Gulf Dead Zone Smaller Than Feared

2013 Gulf of Mexico dead zone map.
Credit Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

The low-oxygen dead zone this summer in the Gulf of Mexico is smaller than scientists had predicted. But the area where marine life can’t live is still about the size of Connecticut.

Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium — called LUMCON — expected the gulf dead zone to be bigger, based on the level of nutrients measured in the Mississippi River.

Those nutrients come from fertilizer, used on crops upriver, that is carried downstream.

But choppy weather churned up the water, so the dead zone wasn’t as big as feared.

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6:58 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Scientists Forecast Biggest Dead Zone Ever In Gulf Of Mexico

This year's dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico may be as large as the state of New Jersey, National Geographic is reporting. The publication quotes scientists who say that would make it the biggest dead zone ever recorded.
A New Jersey-size dead zone may put a chokehold on the Gulf of Mexico this summer, according to a forecast released this week.
Dead Zone Forecast
11:31 am
Fri June 22, 2012

2 Very Different Forecasts for Gulf Dead Zone

Scientists from Louisiana and Michigan have very different predictions for the size of this year's "dead zone" of low-oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico. It will be the smallest in nearly a quarter century at just under 1,200 square miles — or five times that size. 

Environment
4:00 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Dead Zone Mapped in Chandeleur Sound

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation releases a map of a dead zone detected in Chandeleur Sound.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Scientists have confirmed a “dead zone,’ or low-oxygen water levels, in the Chandeleur Sound. Eileen Fleming reports the area is four times larger than the region found in 2010.

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