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'Dead zones' found in Atlantic open waters
Description: Researchers have discovered areas with extremely low levels of oxygen in the tropical North Atlantic, several hundred kilometres off the coast of West Africa. The levels measured in these 'dead zones', inhabitable for most marine animals, are the lowest ever recorded in Atlantic open waters. The dead zones are created in eddies, large swirling masses of water that slowly move westward. Encountering an island, they could potentially lead to mass fish kills. [Source: European Geosciences Union]
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Source: European Geosciences Union
Publish Date: 4/30/2015
Reading Level: Basic
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