Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Reaches the Size of Connecticut This Year (VIDEO)

August 6, 2014 10:36 AM

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Each year, the Gulf of Mexico develops a dead zone, an area that's so low in oxygen that little can survive. Now, scientists have taken a look at this year's dead zone and have found that it measures a total of 5,052 square miles--approximately the size of Connecticut.

That's not to say that this finding is surprising, though. Researchers predicted that the area would fall anywhere between 4,633 and 5,708 square miles after examining the amount of nutrients pouring into the gulf from the Mississippi River watershed.

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