The Dead Zone, The Gulf of Mexico, and Dr. Nancy Rabalais
What is the “Dead Zone?” And why is it growing in the Gulf of Mexico? Dr. Nancy Rabalais joins President William F. Tate IV to answer these questions; give a behind-the-scenes look at an oceanographer’s life both on deck and below; and describe her journey to being elected to the most prestigious scientific society in the U.S., the National Academy of Sciences. For more than three decades, Dr. Rabalais’ determination to protect marine life in the gulf has resulted in several appearances before Congress and 35 research cruises. Dr. Rabalais is a professor and the Shell Endowed Chair in Oceanography and Wetland Studies in the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences at Louisiana State University.
The “dead zone” of the Gulf of Mexico
Ocean expert Nancy Rabalais tracks the ominously named “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico — where there isn’t enough oxygen in the water to support life. The Gulf has the second largest dead zone in the world; on top of killing fish and crustaceans, it’s also killing fisheries in these waters. Rabalais tells us about what’s causing it — and how we can reverse its harmful effects and restore one of America’s natural treasures.
This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by editors on the TED home page.
Diving the Deadzone, Part 1
Diving at station C6C in the northern Gulf of Mexico, south of Terrebonne Bay. This station is in the heart of the “dead zone”- a region of seasonally hypoxic bottom water that can span tens of thousands of square kilometers. The dive demonstrates the beautiful green water of the upper water column, shimmering water created by the halo cline, and the murky, low visibility hypoxic zone of bottom water. Shot by yours truly with a GoPro Hero4 as part of the CBS News feature on the region. First of three parts.
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