The Dead Zone
Introduction | Mapping/Graphing Activities | Data Files | Other Activities | Glossary | Websites
The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone. Science Museum of Minnesota. Includes overview, interactive activities, links, graphics, maps and video in both English and Spanish.
Bridge Ocean Sciences Teacher Center. “The Dead Zone: A Marine Horror Story.” Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. Follow links from “K-12” to “Bridge Ocean Sciences Teacher Center” to “Data Port” to “Previous Data Tips” to “Human Activities.” Scroll down to October 1999. Offers information on the causes and implications of the dead zone. Includes maps and data and invites students to find ways to fix the problem.
Mississippi River Basin. “Hypoxia.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water. Follow link under “Challenges.” Gives an introduction to the Mississippi River Basin and its relationship to the Gulf of Mexico with links to scientific reports.
EPA/Gulf of Mexico Program. “The Gulf of Mexico Watershed.” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gulf of Mexico Program. Follow links from “Educator and Student Resources” to “Kid’s Stuff.” Provides facts, figures and maps of the Gulf watershed.
The Louisiana Environment. “The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone and Red Tides.” Article by Elizabeth Carlisle, site by Bruce E. Fleury. Short text overview includes helpful links and a recommended reading list.
USGS National Wetlands Research Center. U.S. Geological Survey, National Wetlands Research Center. Conduct a site search for “hypoxia” or “dead zone” to link to agency press releases, fact sheets and reports.
USGS. U.S. Geological Survey. Conduct a site search for “hypoxia” or “dead zone” to link to more than 200 reports, graphics and maps.
New Jersey Fishing. “A ‘Dead Zone’ Grows in the Gulf of Mexico.” Article by Carol Kaesuk Yoon of the New York Times, site by FishNet USA and Garden State Seafood Association. Discusses causes of the dead zone and the effects on Gulf fisheries.
Nutrient Enhanced Coastal Ocean Productivity (NECOP) Program. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory. Scroll down to “NECOP Projects by Year” to access data from Gulf of Mexico research cruises.
National Oceanographic Data Center. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Access more than a dozen types of oceanographic data from a variety of locations as well as photographs, maps and charts. Includes numerous helpful sites and a link to the World Ocean Atlas and Database.
NOAA’s National Ocean Service. “Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico: Progress towards the completion of an Integrated Assessment.” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Presents an introduction to the problem, hypoxia assessment reports and public comment.