"More evidence points strongly towards climate change being a factor."
Experts are concerned about the future of oceanic ecosystems due to climate change because of a large hypoxic zone located in the Pacific Ocean.
Hypoxic zones, also known as dead zones, are areas where oxygen levels drop, making them uninhabitable. Those sea creatures that are capable of fleeing will do so, but all others will be killed. The hypoxic area near Oregon measures approximately 100 meters in width, but experts told The Washington Post they expect it will grow as the hypoxic season, which is a disturbing new climate trend, gets worse later in summer.
According to Francis Chan, an Oregon State University researcher, it is one of the main drivers of climate change in seas. Because the water we drink is now less dissolved oxygen than in the past.
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Chan also spoke with KATU, an ABC affiliate channel this weekend to explain that he is concerned about the increasing number of underwater horrors.
He told KATU that we were able see the ocean floor in low oxygen zones. We could also see sea stars, sea cucumbers and crabs. The evidence is mounting that climate change is a factor.
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It is simple chemistry: warmer water can dissolve more oxygen. This presents a dire outlook on the ocean as sea temperatures rise.
Chan said that scientists aren't sure of the long-term effects that the Pacific Ocean's dead zones will have on the overall health of its ecosystem. However, the fact that the oceans have lost a large amount of oxygen in recent decades due to climate change means that we can expect to see more dead zones and more often as the global environment falls apart.
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