NOAA scientists forecast the Gulf of Mexico dead zone this summer to be roughly the size of Massachusetts. Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA scientists forecast the Gulf of Mexico dead zone this summer to be roughly the size of Massachusetts. Courtesy/NOAA

NOAA Forecasts Large ‘Dead Zone’ In Gulf Of Mexico

NOAA scientists are forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – to be approximately 7,829 square miles, or roughly the size of Massachusetts.