Investigating GOM ‘Dead Zone’

Date: 8/2/2010

A new study by University of Texas at Austin marine scientist Peter Thomas aims to determine whether a large area of low-oxygen water called a ‘dead zone’ in the northern Gulf of Mexico (GOM) could cause declines in environmentally and economically important fish populations. The dead zone varies in size, but can extend to 8,500 square miles (roughly the size of New Jersey) in some years, according to experts. Incidences of seasonal coastal hypoxia have been increasing in oceans worldwide, largely due to increased agricultural and industrial runoff. visit

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