Gulf ‘dead zone’ reaches record size

Although scientists predicted the Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” would grow bigger this year, they did not expect it to be the largest ever recorded.

But that is the case, according to a report issued this month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The zone, which consists of water so depleted of oxygen that it’s unable to sustain life, covers 8,776 square miles along the coast of Louisiana – an area the size of New Jersey, the agency found.

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