Scientists have come to warn the world about climate change and its future consequences. However, the present is already showing us how it will be. In fact, scientists are concerned about the growth of a hypoxia zone, a dead zone, in the ocean. More than that, they believe that this growth could be happening as a result of climate change.
A particularly large zone of hypoxia in the Pacific Ocean has scientists worried. This is because this zone could only be a representation of the future of ocean ecosystems, following climate change. More commonly referred to as ‘dead zone’, it is the process associated with decreasing oxygen levels in a body of water, making it uninhabitable. That is, the creatures and species that inhabit these expanses of water either flee or die.
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Currently, the hypoxia zone near Oregon is about 100 meters wide. Unfortunately, however, scientists told The Washington Post that this size is predicted to increase.
It is one of the climate change riders at sea. That’s because the water we get is lower in dissolved oxygen than it used to be, said Francis Chan, a researcher at Oregon State University.
In a separate interview with ABC KATU, the researcher explained that he is concerned that these underwater disasters will become increasingly common. In addition, it states that before being an area of hypoxia, the expanse of water had several species that could be observed, but with the lack of oxygen they suffocated.
According to the scientist, evidence increasingly points to the influence of climate change in this field. This is because warmer water dissolves less oxygen and, in this sense, the oceans will suffer from the constant rise in temperatures.
Despite the concern, scientists admit they have no way of knowing the long-term impacts of various areas of hypoxia in the ocean – on its health and capacity to host ecosystems. However, they believe that these zones will become increasingly common and larger as global warming becomes more worrying.
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