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Flooding creates largest Gulf dead zone ever

The Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone is predicted to be the largest ever recorded because of extreme flooding of the Mississippi River this spring, according to an annual forecast by a team of NOAA-supported scientists.

Predictions are that the area could measure between 8,500 and 9,421 square miles, or an area roughly the size of New Hampshire. If it does reach those levels, it will be the largest since mapping of the Gulf “dead zone” began in 1985.

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