Why is the gulf of mexico water clear and not muddy from the mississippi river?

Why is the gulf of mexico water clear and not muddy from the mississippi river?

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  • 10 years ago
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    If you look on a google map of the Gulf of Mexico where the Mississippi river enters the ocean, you will see a slight fan shape of brown cloudy water. The reason it's only in this area is due to the flow of dirt particles after they leave the river. The larger particles stay close to the shore and the lighter,smaller particles travel slightly further before settling to the bottom. There is actually what's called a dead zone at the point in the gulf where the river enters because of the mud in the area. No sunlight can penetrate through and therefore, no dissolved oxygen can build up for the organisms to breathe.

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