Researchers Warn Of Near-Record 'Dead Zone' Off U.S. Gulf Coast, Threatening Marine Life

Published on 11 Jun 2019, 16:42
According to a report by Reuters, researchers warn that a near record-size 'dead zone' of oxygen-starved water could form in the Gulf of Mexico this summer, threatening huge amounts of marine life. On Monday, scientists at Louisiana State University said that the area could spread over 8,700 square miles, roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts, and five times the average. Reuters reports that experts blamed unusually high rainfall across the U.S. Midwest this Spring that washed farm fertilizers along streams and rivers through the Mississippi River Basin out into the Gulf. The Louisiana scientists reportedly said that nutrients in the fertilizers feed algae that die, decompose and deplete the water of oxygen.

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