Gulf Of Mexico’s “Dead Zone” Will Hit At Least 8,000 Square Miles This Year!
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) says the hypoxic(low-oxygen) area in Gulf Mexico hits about 7,800 square miles of the ocean.
As most of the disasters, humans did the largest part to create this disaster; by using toxic fertilizers. And the high spring rainfall, carrying fertilizer downriver towards the ocean. Due to lack of Oxygen, nutrients feed algae and Sea creatures die and decompose on the seafloor.
It Is Spreading continuously!
The record in 2009 it was spread through 20km from the land, and in 2011 it was increased to 50km which is approximately 6000 square miles. The researchers have predicted in 2017 it will cover about 8,776 square miles. It is 22,700 square kilometres.
A Louisiana-based team has estimated the dead zone will be 8,700 square miles. It will be measured during an annual July cruise by Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.
A Plan To Reduce Dead Zone.
Scientists had said earlier that widespread flooding made a large dead zone likely this year. A task force of federal, tribal and state agencies from 12 of the 31 states that make up the Mississippi River watershed set a goal nearly two decades ago of reducing the dead zone from an average of about 5,800 square miles to an average of 1,900.
‘While this year’s zone will be larger than usual because of the flooding, the long-term trend is still not changing,’ University of Michigan aquatic ecologist Don Scavia, professor emeritus at the School for Environment and Sustainability, said in a news release.
‘The bottom line is that we will never reach the dead zone reduction target of 1,900 square miles until more serious actions are taken to reduce the loss of Midwest fertilizers into the Mississippi River system.’ Rabalais has been measuring the hypoxic zone since 1985.
Storms before last year’s mapping cruise reduced that hypoxic zone to about 2,720 square miles, about 40% the average size that had been predicted, and among the smallest recorded.
Hope they will reduce the DEAD ZONE as they planned, and give a little relief to mother nature.