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Average-sized Dead Zone Forecasted for the Gulf of Mexico
Description: Scientists are forecasting that this summer's Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or 'dead zone' - an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life - will be approximately 5,780 square miles, approximately the size of Connecticut. The 2018 forecast is similar to the 33-year average Gulf dead zone of 5,460 square miles and is smaller than the 8,776 square mile 2017 Gulf dead zone, which was the largest dead zone measured since mapping began in 1985. [Source: U.S. Geological Survey]
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Source: U.S. Geological Survey
Publish Date: 6/7/2018
Reading Level: Basic
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