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View Resource Restoring Life to the Dead Zone: Addressing Gulf Hypoxia, a National Problem

This United States Geological Survey (USGS) fact sheet provides an introductory synopsis of some of the causes of poor water quality in the Gulf of Mexico. The dead zone is caused by increased nutrients from the Mississippi River, especially nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizers, animal wastes, and domestic sewage. This fact sheet answers general questions such as what, where, and why a dead...

View Resource The Dead Zone: Websites

This Louisiana Sea Grant College Program site offers a collection of websites regarding Gulf of Mexico hypoxia, or "dead zones" created by reduced dissolved oxygen content in the water. This collection includes general information, classroom activities, and data collected from hypoxia projects.

View Resource Bay Link

A collaboration between several Virginia-based, Chesapeake Bay-related organizations, this educational website includes lesson plans, field trips, and student projects and activities. The included lesson plans represent most disciplines. The site also provides links to additional external Chesapeake Bay and general marine science resources.

View Resource Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Chesapeake Bay

A comprehensive site on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay monitoring, restoration, and education efforts, plus information on other hot topics such as sea grasses and Pfiesteria. Site features information on harmful algae, bay grass identification, water monitoring, and a Life Guide, which describes the flora and fauna of the Bay. Site also provides information on ways you can help, including their Bay...

View Resource What is Responsible for Smaller Shrimp Catches?

This National Science Foundation sponsored interactive website gives a step-by-step explanation of the dead zone, including what it is and what causes it. It offers pictures, interactive animations, charts, and figures to educate students about the dead zone and offers supplementary questions after each step to enhance understanding of the material.

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