Dead zones off New Jersey

Sara Pratt, Geotimes; American Geological Institute

This Geotimes article gives a brief overview of the New Jersey dead zone. Unlike the Mississippi delta hypoxia, which is thought to occur from nutrient overloading from farms along the Mississippi River, oceanographers believe that coastal upwelling from the sea, bringing excess nutrients to the coastal waters, is the cause of New Jersey’s dead zone.

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Subject: Geoscience:Hydrology:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry , Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Biology:Ecology:Principles, Habitats:Marine
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: High School (9-12), College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Water, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology, Hydrology/Hydrogeology
Extreme Environments: Anoxic
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Water Column, Hydrosphere/Cryosphere:Surface Water:Water Quality/Chemistry, Biosphere:Ecology:Food Webs, Biosphere:MicrobiologyKeyword: eutrophication