PLANET IN PERIL (PinP) "Where science gets respect." Scientist Norman Kuring created this image of Earth's eastern hemisphere by combining data from six separate orbits made by a satellite in 2012. NASA / NOAA
Sunday, 19 June 2016
There’s Nothing Average About This Year’s Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’
Jellyfish - said to be one of the few creatures able to survive & thrive in dead zones. Photo credit - Dan90266
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its annual forecast for the size of the Gulf of Mexico “dead zone”—an area of coastal water where low oxygen is lethal to marine life. They say we should expect an “average year.” That doesn’t sound so bad, but as we wrote last year, the dead zone average is approximately 6,000 square miles or the size of the state of Connecticut. Average is not normal. Story here.