Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone" Has Doubled in Size Since 2009

The report says that there is no evidence to link the "dead zone" increase to the BP oil spill, but that is always possible. Due to the hot temperatures in the Gulf of the Mexico this summer and low oxygen levels in the water, huge marine die-offs are possible. The Salton Sea experiences huge fish die-offs in the summer from low water oxygen levels when the California desert temperatures can reach 120 degrees.

Although no evidence links it to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, this year's "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico has doubled since last year, and researchers say it might be even larger than mapped.

Source: Courthouse News Service

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