Latest Dead zone Stories
Scientists expect the Gulf of Mexicoâ€™s so-called dead zone to increase to record levels this year due to ethanol use and massive Midwest flooding this season.
When summer storms arrive, it's not only beach-goers who are affected; the rains can also have an impact on living creatures far below the ocean surface.
By Robert Morris, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jul. 13--Four years ago, area anglers watched the whole ocean turn on its head. Live minnows in bait buckets at the end of fishing piers died within minutes. Deepwater fish -- jack crevalle and ribbonfish -- suddenly started skirting the surf.
GULFPORT - Mississippi scientists are watching for the possible spread of an area of oxygen-depleted water off the Louisiana coast that could move eastward. A recently released study suggests the dead zone could be more than 10,000 square miles this summer.
A U.S. governmental task force has released a plan that involves state and federal officials in reducing hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
By Neil Johnson, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 14--TAMPA -- Scientists expect the expanse of lifeless water in the Gulf of Mexico called the Dead Zone to be the largest since measurements began in 1990 and to cover an area the size of Massachusetts.
Researchers at Texas A&M University have confirmed for the first time that a â€œdead zoneâ€ has existed off the Texas coast for at least the past 23 years and will likely remain there, causing potential harmful effects to marine life in the area.
Like bank accounts, the nutrient cycles that influence the natural world are regulated by inputs and outputs. If a routine withdrawal is overlooked, balance sheets become inaccurate. Over time, overlooked deductions can undermine our ability to understand and manage ecological systems.
Because of rising demand for ethanol, American farmers are growing more corn than at any time since the Depression. And sea life in the Gulf of Mexico is paying the price.
There was hope for a cure down in the Louisiana bayous even as the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone expanded like a B-movie blob. The year was 2000 and states up and down the Mississippi River, spurred by the U.S. EPA.
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