Gulf of Mexico hypoxia: alternate states and a legacy.

  title={Gulf of Mexico hypoxia: alternate states and a legacy.},
  author={Robert E. Turner and Nancy N Rabalais and Dubravko Justic},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  volume={42 7},
A 20+ year data set of the size of the hypoxic zone off the Louisiana-Texas coast is analyzed to reveal insights about what causes variation in the size of the hypoxic zone in summer, the accumulation of carbon storage in sediments, and pelagic and sediment oxygen demand. The results of models support the conclusion that some of this variation can be explained by a higher sedimentary oxygen demand, which may be larger than water column respiration rates in summer. Proxies for organic loading to… CONTINUE READING
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