Lake Erie's Dead Zones Could Be Driven By Droughts

January 6, 2015 11:50 PM

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Researchers found Lake Erie's notorious oxygen-depleted "dead zones" are most likely linked to droughts that occur in the region.

The 2012 drought was found to have been linked to the largest dead zone seen since mid-1980s, the Carnegie Institute of Science reported. In the past data on factors associated with changes in Lake Erie's oxygenation have been limited, but this new research provides key insights into the phenomenon.

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