Study predicts more 'dead zones' as globe warms
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post] By Darryl Fears - November 11, 2014 -
In a future with climate change, those behemoths might not seem so unusual, according to a new Smithsonian report. As global temperatures rise, they will create conditions such as rain and wind patterns and rising sea levels that will cause dead zones throughout the world to intensify and grow, the report says.
Three years ago, the Chesapeake Bay was hit by an unusually large "dead zone," a stretch of oxygen-depleted water that killed fish in about a third of the bay, from the Baltimore Harbor to its mid-channel region of the Potomac River and beyond.
Another giant dead zone returned this past summer, smaller than the first but big enough to rank as the estuary's eighth largest since state natural resources officials in Virginia and Maryland began recording them in the 1990s.
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