Massive Dead Zones in Lake Erie are due to Drought

January 8, 2015 5:44 PM

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Massive Dead Zones in Lake Erie are due to Drought

Lake Erie has experienced harmful algae blooms for years. According to a recent study, the lake's dead zones are linked to droughts. The widespread drought in 2012 is the reason for the lake's largest dead zones since the mid-1980s.

Researchers of the study had collected data about the lake to measure the size of dead zones. With the help of the data, the researchers identified the factors that explain variability in dead zones. The researchers found that the drought of 2012 was linked with a record-breaking dead zone in the la...

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