Coastal dead zones expanding

Coastal dead zones expanding

The number of coastal areas known as dead zones is on the rise. A new tally reports more than 400 of the oxygen starved regions worldwide.

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 13:18 PM August 14, 2008

You're traveling through another ecosystem, once filled with fish and clams, but now, bacteria. It’s a journey into a disastrous land with boundaries that are expanding beyond imagination. That's a signpost up ahead: Your next stop — The Dead Zone.

The number of dead zones, marine areas with so little oxygen that they barely support life, has increased worldwide by a third since 1995, reports a new study in the Aug.15 Science. These areas seriously stress marine ecosystems and deplete stocks ...

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