Different Physical And Ecological Events Along The Gulf Of Mexico

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Different physical and ecological events along the Gulf of Mexico allow the toxic phytoplankton – red algae to become dominant. The phosphorus-rich nutrient supply encourages phytoplankton succession. The objective of the paper is to study the background of red algae, and why the downstream red tides have only increased over the last couple of decades. The toxic red tides are seen in similar coastal habitats of the western boundary currents China, New
Zealand, Japan, and South Africa.

Chemical Pollutants in the Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico is looked at as a marginal sea as it is linked to the major oceans and the procedures that occur in the major oceans, also take place in Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Coast region is the main source of fisheries for the United States, and there are many commercial species of fish besides shrimp. There are some unique features of Gulf of Mexico that are not found everywhere. There is massive underlining of salt in Gulf leaks depressions that creates brine pools. Every summer, because of the input from the Mississippi River, a huge area of hypoxia forms along the Louisiana coast and Gas hydrates develop at the seafloor in some parts of the Gulf. Moreover, oil seeps are common that result in slicks. It is also important to recognize the chemistry of the Gulf of Mexico because of the oil and gas production.
The changes in the land-use, drainage of wetlands, crop cultivation, fossil fuel combustion and other factors have altered…

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