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NOAA, Partners Predict Average 'Dead Zone' for Gulf of Mexico; Slightly Above-average in Chesapeake Bay

27 June 2014, 1:47 pm

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Scientists are expecting an average, but still large, hypoxic or "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico this year, and slightly above-average hypoxia in the Chesapeake Bay .

NOAA-supported modeling is forecasting this year's Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone to cover an area ranging from about 4,633 to 5,708 square miles, or about the size of the state of Connecticut.

A second NOAA-funded forecast, for the Chesapeake Bay, predicts a slightly larger than average dead zone in the nation's largest estuary.

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Original article: NOAA, Partners Predict Average 'Dead Zone' for Gulf of Mexico; Slightly Above-average in Chesapeake Bay