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NOAA's Gulf of Mexico dead zone forecast

Published on: 06/13/2024
Research Area(s): Social Media

A map of the Mississippi River watershed is made up of farms (yellow), cities (red), and natural lands (green).NOAA is forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – to be approximately 5,827 square miles, larger than the long-term average measured size of 5,205 square miles. 


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