Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” Smaller Than Forecasted
In June NOAA released their annual prediction for the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone,” which forecasted that the area, which has low to no oxygen, would be “larger-than-average.” Now, two months later, scientists with the government agency are saying that the dead zone measured “smaller-than-expected.”
According to NOAA’s scientists, the dead zone this year is approximately 2,116 square miles, which is equivalent to 1.4 million acres of habitat that is potentially unavailable to fish and bottom species. The area was initially believed to be approximately 6,700 square miles...
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