Scientists Predict Near Record 'Dead Zone' In Gulf Of Mexico

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Scientists are predicting a near-record "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico this summer.

The "dead zone" is an area of oxygen-depleted water off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas which is harmful to sea life.

Scientists say this summer's dead zone will be the second-largest ever with a predicted area of over 8,700 square miles. The average dead zone is about 5,300.

Experts say the extreme flooding has made this year's zone larger, but the bottom line is it continues to be an issue because of water quality and pollution issues.

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