Dead Waters

Dead Waters

Massive oxygen-starved zones are developing along the world's coasts

By Janet Raloff, 15:50 PM April 15, 2008

First in a two part series on dead zones in coastal waters. Part II: "Limiting Dead Zones" is available to subscribers at Limiting Dead Zones.

Summer tourists cruising the waters off Louisiana or Texas in the Gulf of Mexico take in gorgeous vistas as they pull in red snappers and blue marlins. Few realize that the lower half of the water column below them may lack fish, despite the piscine bounty near the surface. For many years now, an annual dead zone has developed in the Gulf, beginning ...

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