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Summer, 2020 Issue

August 11, 2020



Hypoxia Dead Zone measured to be smaller this year


REPORT FROM 2020 SHELF-WIDE HYPOXIA CRUISE
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA UNIVERSITIES MARINE CONSORTIUM
AUGUST 4, 2020
The bottom area of low oxygen in Louisiana coastal waters west of the Mississippi River, commonly known as the "Dead Zone", was mapped at a much smaller-than-average size this summer. The area was 2,117 square miles (5,048 square kilometers), larger than Rhode Island but smaller than Delaware, and well below the projected estimate of 7,769 square miles (20,121 square kilometers).

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