By Jamie Rivera Published 06/24/2013 09:43:00 | Views: 2221
Largest dead zone on record will be in Gulf of Mexico this summer

No, this has nothing to do with Anthony Michael Hall having psychic powers. A dead zone is an area deep under water where there isn't enough oxygen to support life. This summer, the Gulf of Mexico will see the largest dead zone ever recorded. What's behind it? Unusually strong spring floods in the Midwest are causing a giant increase in algae in the Gulf. As the algae sinks and decomposes, it uses up all the oxygen (as in the algal bloom seen in this photo). This could be trouble for the fishing industry there, particularly shrimp and clams at the bottom. So how big is this thing going to be? About the size of New Jersey — only without all that fresh air. –   [Source]

By Jamie Rivera 06/24/2013 09:43:00

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