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The Gulf of Mexico's dead zone is bigger than ever. Recent surveys put it at an enormous 8,776 square miles, large enough to cover New Jersey. But another massive zone of low dissolved oxygen confirmed recently in the Arabian Sea is seven times larger. At 63,000 square miles -- the size of Florida -- it ranks as the world's largest. Scientists from the University of East Anglia of Norwich, England measured the dead zone, which sits in the Gulf of Oman south of Iran, with underwater robots. The area had been suspected of hosting a massive dead zone, but roving bands of pirates and the region's volatile geopolitics made research difficult. The torpedo-shaped robots were able to slip in and do the measurements with ease, but they came back with very bad news. "The Arabian Sea is the largest and thickest dead zone in the world," said Bastien Queste, a marine biochemist and the study's lead author. "But until now, no one really knew how bad the situation was because … [Read more...] about World’s largest ‘dead zone’ discovered, and it’s not in the Gulf of Mexico
We Are All Going To Need Some Weather Therapy The reason I bring this up: our tortured April has the entire state in need of emergency therapy. Looking at the weather maps I don't know whether to laugh or weep. Winds will gust over 40 mph, creating blizzard conditions south/west of the metro area Saturday. Never tell a Minnesotan not to travel, but personally, I'd have a Plan B for Saturday. 40s return next week; a sun angle similar to late August melts most of the snow by midweek. I'm sorry. Follow the Trends. Yesterday afternoon the local NWS office was going with 7" in the Twin Cities. They have progressively increased this over time as models appear to come into rough alignment with the axis of heaviest snow. Spaghetti Plot. Earlier model runs were clustering in the 6-10" range for the Twin Cities. 00z runs from Thursday evening were showing considerably higher amounts; well over a foot for MSP. Source: Iowa State. Ice Storm Potential. The best chance of sleet and glaze ice will … [Read more...] about Friday the 13th coincidence: Up to a foot of snow in mid-April?
(CBS/AP) BARATARIA BAY, La. - Two years after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, scientists say they're finding trouble with sick fish that dwell along offshore reefs and in the deep waters - especially in places where the oil spill hit the hardest.The scientists are unsure what's causing a small percentage of the fish they're catching to have large open sores and strange black streaks. The biggest question is whether contaminants from the BP spill are causing the problems.According to a lengthy report by Al-Jazeera English, Gulf Coast fishermen as well as scientists have found "disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish."Tracy Kuhns, a commercial fisher, told Al-Jazeera, "At the height of the last white shrimp season, in September, one of our friends caught 400 pounds" of eyeless shrimp.A seafood processor told the network that shrimp numbers are down and that shrimp are "immune compromised" and being found with "tumors on their heads."BP claims that seafood in … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Sick, deformed fish spotted after BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Soon after the BP oil spill in 2010, scientists began noticing something troubling with common bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico. Dozens of dolphins in Louisiana's Barataria Bay, among the places hit hardest by the spill, were suffering. They were underweight and a study last year found these top level predators were five times more likely to have moderate to severe lung disease. "The dolphins were just in very poor health," National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Lori Schwacke, who led the study of 29 dolphins, told CBS News. "The major issues that we were seeing were lung disease and a failure to appropriately respond to stress ... Those issues are something that is consistent with oil exposure." In a separate PLOS One study in February, the dolphins were increasingly showing up dead across the Gulf. The study led by Stephanie Venn-Watson, director of translational research at the National Marine Mammal Foundation, found that deaths for 2010 and 2011 in Louisiana … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Five years on, Gulf still paying price for BP oil spill