Biologists find 'dead zones' around BP oil spill in Gulf

(THE GUARDIAN) — Scientists are confronting growing evidence that BP’s ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is creating oxygen-depleted “dead zones” where fish and other marine life cannot survive.

In two separate research voyages, independent scientists have detected what were described as “astonishingly high” levels of methane, or natural gas, bubbling from the well site, setting off a chain of reactions that suck the oxygen out of the water. In some cases, methane concentrations are 100,000 times normal levels.

via Biologists find ‘dead zones’ around BP oil spill in Gulf | Environment | The Guardian.

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