The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

Science Museum of Minnesota

This Science Museum of Minnesota interactive site is designed to teach elementary school kids about the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. It addresses the questions what is a dead zone, what causes it, and who does it affect. The site features colorful graphics, videos, animations, and activities. These features include a video showing how the dead zone is mapped, animation detailing how a dead zone forms, and a personal account of how the dead zone affects fishermen.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Principles, Habitats:Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Geoscience:Oceanography, Geology:Geochemistry
Resource Type: Audio/Visual, Activities
Grade Level: Middle (6-8), Intermediate (3-5)
Extreme Environments: Anoxic
Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Geochemistry, Ecology, OceanographyKeywords: eutrophication, hypoxia, nutrient enrichment, poor water quality