Is there a large dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico?
This year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” — an area where there’s too little oxygen to support marine life — is larger than average, according to researchers. … Over the past five years, the average size of the low-oxygen, or hypoxic, zone has been 5,380 square miles (13,934 square kilometers).
How long has the Gulf of Mexico dead zone been around?
Since records began in 1985, the largest hypoxic zone measured was 8,776 square miles in 2017. Scientists at Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium led the annual dead zone survey during a research cruise from July 25 to August 1 aboard the R/V Pelican .
Is the Gulf of Mexico dead zone always in the same place?
The Gulf of Mexico dead zone varies in size annually, but may extend from the Louisiana/Alabama coast to the westernmost Texas coast.