World’s largest ‘dead zone’ discovered, and it’s not in the Gulf of Mexico

Algal blooms that rob water of oxygen swirl across the Arabian Sea in 2015. New research indicates the sea has the world's largest low-oxygen 'dead zone.' Photo Credit: NASA Tristan Baurick / The Times-Picayune May 11, 2018 The Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is bigger than ever. Recent surveys put it at an enormous [...]

2018-05-26T12:48:56+00:00 May 11th, 2018|News|Comments Off on World’s largest ‘dead zone’ discovered, and it’s not in the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Oman now world’s largest oxygen-depleted ‘dead zone’

Green algae swirls on the beach of Bandar al-Jissah in Oman on March 3, 2017. The Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year for about three months at a time, when an algae bloom spreads. Photo Credit: Sam McNeil, Associated Press CBC News May 2, 2018 U.K. researcher says area where marine [...]

2018-05-26T12:36:29+00:00 May 2nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Gulf of Oman now world’s largest oxygen-depleted ‘dead zone’

The Arabian Sea’s Suffocating ‘Dead Zone’ Is Even Larger Than We Imagined

A US warship cruises through the Gulf of Oman. Photo: US Navy By George Dvorsky / Gizmodo April 27, 2018 Since the early 1960s, scientists have known about the so-called “dead zone” in the Gulf of Oman, a patch of water practically devoid of all oxygen. As anyone who has ever owned an [...]

2018-05-26T11:21:29+00:00 April 27th, 2018|News|Comments Off on The Arabian Sea’s Suffocating ‘Dead Zone’ Is Even Larger Than We Imagined

Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ will persist for decades

By Doyle Rice / USA Today March 26, 2018 The annual “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico, which last year was the size of New Jersey, will continue for several decades, a new study said. A dead zone occurs at the bottom of a body of water when there isn't enough oxygen in the water to [...]

2018-04-26T17:13:27+00:00 March 26th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ will persist for decades

Study: ‘Legacy’ nitrogen also feeds Gulf of Mexico dead zone

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY/ AP Mar. 22, 2018 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” will be an unwanted summer visitor for decades, Canadian scientists say. They say the oxygen-starved patch would persist even if farmers could immediately end all fertilizer runoff. An area with too little oxygen to support marine life forms [...]

2018-04-26T17:14:39+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|News|Comments Off on Study: ‘Legacy’ nitrogen also feeds Gulf of Mexico dead zone

Gulf of Mexico expert discusses “Dead Zone”

The Shell Oil Endowed Chair in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at Louisiana State University Nancy N. Rabalais speaks on a growing concern to the Gulf of Mexico, a hypoxic zone where organisms struggle to survive. Sam Greene/Iowa State Daily By Brian Mackley / Iowa State Daily March 20, 2018 Leading researcher for Louisiana [...]

2018-04-26T17:28:16+00:00 March 20th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Gulf of Mexico expert discusses “Dead Zone”

A U.S. farm bill even a butterfly could love?

Photo courtesy of Mike Reese Andy McGlashen / Ensia March 20, 2018 Sometime soon — maybe this year, maybe next — biologist Jeffrey Glassberg expects to say goodbye to the Poweshiek skipperling. The endangered, orange-and-brown butterfly is one of several species in the Upper Midwest’s prairies on the slippery slope toward extinction. In the past [...]

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Study Characterizes Dissolved Organic Carbon Cycling in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

GULF OF MEXICO RESEARCH INITIATIVE MARCH 20, 2018 Researchers analyzed dissolved organic carbon from water column samples collected in five regions to establish baseline data about its relative persistence and cycling in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The team found that the Mississippi River exports large amounts of dissolved organic carbon with an anthropogenic 14C signature, [...]

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Taming the mighty Mississippi

By Todd C. Frankel / The Washington Post March 14, 2018 A picaresque tour of infrastructure reveals a struggle for control all along America’s great river, full of questions about what it once was, doubts about what it will become and who will pay for any of it. ALONG THE RIVER — The Mississippi runs the spine [...]

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Easing pressure on levees, raising environmental worries

By Stacey Plaisance and Kevin McGill / AP News March 8, 2018 NORCO, La. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began opening part of a 1930s flood control structure northwest of New Orleans on Thursday to divert water from a rising Mississippi River into nearby Lake Pontchartrain, a move that eases pressure on [...]

2018-04-26T18:26:14+00:00 March 8th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Easing pressure on levees, raising environmental worries