USA Today: Near-record ‘dead zone’ predicted in the Gulf of Mexico this summer

The annual Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” – a region of oxygen-depleted water off the Louisiana and Texas coasts that’s harmful to sea life – will be the second-largest on record this summer, scientists announced Monday.

This year’s zone should be about 8,717 square miles, an area roughly the size of New Hampshire, according to researchers at Louisiana State University. The average Gulf dead zone is about 5,309 square miles; the record is 8,776 square miles set in 2017.

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