The Gulf Of Mexico’s ‘Dead Zone’ Will Be The Size Of New Jersey This Summer
DOUGLAS MAIN, LIVESCIENCE
June 26, 2013
A very large dead zone, an area of water with no or very little oxygen, is expected to form in the Gulf of Mexico this year — a trend in recent years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Computer models put together by scientists predict that the zone will cover an area between 7,286 and 8,561 square miles (18,871 to 22,173 square kilometers) this summer, the typical time for such zones to form.
The large end of the estimate is roughly the size of the state of New Jersey, and would be the largest dead zone ever recorded.
The biggest one recorded to date, in 2002, reached 8,481 square miles (21,966 square km).