Area scientists found the dead zone is 60 thousand square kilometers.
In the Bay of Bengal, located in the northwestern part of the Indian ocean, the scientists found the dead zone is a huge volume of oxygen-poor water.
A study published in the Nature Geoscience magazine, briefly about it, reports EurekAlert!
Area scientists found the dead zone is 60 thousand square kilometers, depth of visit — from 100 to 400 meters. In these spaces, oxygen is about ten thousand times smaller than the air-saturated near-surface layers of the ocean.
Global warming, as scientists have noticed, leads to the expansion of dead zones in the oceans. What coast of Bay of Bengal surrounded by high population density, as suggested by the authors of the study, only accelerates the rate of expansion of dead zones in the water from fertilizers used in agriculture gets a lot of nitrogen.
Similar dead zones previously discovered the Western coast of North and South America, Namibia and the West coast of India in the Arabian sea. In these waters there is practically no microorganisms are able to metabolize nitrogen is one of the main elements of life.
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