Near-record ‘Dead Zone’ forecast for Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico could see one of its largest dead zones on record in July.

According to researchers, a dead zone is known as hypoxia which means the body of water doesn’t have enough oxygen to support marine life. It’s created by runoff from over-application of fertilizer on agricultural fields that filter straight into the Mississippi River which empties into the Gulf.

According to researchers at Louisiana State University, this year’s dead zone off the Louisiana and Texas coasts should be about 8,717 square miles. The record is 8,776 square miles.

According to NOAA, the Gulf dead zone is one of the largest in the world.

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