Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ could become one of largest recordedBy By Brant James
Jun 25, 2009
Scientists predict that the "dead zone" off the coast of
Results of a first survey were released last week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A second survey of the area is scheduled to begin today by teams from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium,
The first survey led them to estimate the dead zone could measure from 7,450 to 8,456 square miles, encompassing an area about the size of
The dead zones are created when nutrient-rich runoff — mostly from the numerous farms along the Mississippi River or its tributaries — flows into the
Times graphic explaining how the Dead Zone forms
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration video.