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Deep Coral Expert Leads Research Aboard Google Executive’s Philanthropic Research Vessel

From August 26 to September 6, Schmidt Ocean Institute Fellow Peter Etnoyer is serving as chief scientist aboard the R/V Falkor, owned by the institute, as part of sea trials for the new vessel and its equipment. Researchers and crew will employ the Global Explorer MK3 remotely operated vehicle and its state-of-the-art 3-D video and biological […]

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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Grant Awarded to NOAA Partner

On August 10, 2012, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative awarded researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina, a partner institute of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Hollings Marine Laboratory, one of 19 grants that support studies determining environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010. The university researchers […]

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Big Drought Makes for a Small ‘Dead Zone’ – NYTimes.com

In yet another display of the inexorable interdependence of Earth’s ecosystems, a bad summer for Midwestern farmland has turned out to be a good one for life in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium have found that this summer’s hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico – the oxygen-devoid area […]

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Dearth of Heartland Rainfall Linked to Smaller Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

Last weekend, media outlets reported a NOAA announcement that this year’s Gulf of Mexico low oxygen ‘dead zone’ is the fourth smallest since 1985. A severe drought baking the nation’s midsection is responsible for less nutrient-laden Mississippi River water that triggers the annual phenomenon. By contrast, last year’s floods resulted in low oxygen over an […]

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Midwest Droughts Cited as Factor in Smaller Dead Zone

Drought in the Midwest contributed to what has been measured as the fourth smallest “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico since 1985, according to scientists with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This year’s dead zone measures about 2,889 square miles compared with a dead zone of 6,770 […]

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2012 Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone” Size

2012 Gulf Hypoxia in Brief Mid-summer forecast: 1,197 to 6,213 square miles June survey result: 295 square miles Mid-summer survey result: 2,889 Mid-Summer Survey Results Results of an annual mid-summer hypoxic zone survey by the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium found the fourth smallest dead zone on record in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  The LUMCON-led team […]

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Dead Zone Pollutant Grows Despite Decades of Work: Scientific American

The Missouri River stretches more than a quarter-mile from shore to shore here, its muddy water the color of coffee with a shot of cream. The river carved this valley hundreds of thousands of years ago, and in the 1830s, it deposited the German settlers who founded this city. Today, visitors who sip local wine […]

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