July 28, 2008

Record Sized Gulf Of Mexico Dead Zone Fails To Appear

For at least the second year in a row the predictions of a record sized dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico have failed to appear.

Researchers were predicting that the dead zone would measure 8,800 square miles this year and many articles proclaimed that the sure to be record was because of increased ethanol production. The results released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that the dead zone measured 7,988 square miles, well below the prediction and the record of 8,500 square miles set in 2002.

Source : NOAA

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