Underwater robots discover dead zone
Underwater robots are developing at a fast pace. We may be used to having a pool robot clean up our swimming pool at home, but did you know that undersea robots are making amazing discoveries worldwide? It’s great to know that robots are being used around the world for the betterment of mankind. Instead of a robot cleaning up the leaves in your pool, imagine a bigger machine gliding on the ocean floor.
Scientists from the University of East Anglia and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University launched undersea robots to explore a suspected dead zone in the Gulf of Oman. The team published the results in Geophysical Research Letters raising the alarm that their research highlighted that the dead zone is huge and growing fast. Basically, the ocean is dying.
What is a dead zone?
A dead zone is where oxygen has been depleted and the living things are dying. This could be due to a number of reasons, including climate change or chemical run-offs from land.
All life, including sea life, requires oxygen. It’s an environmental issue that could affect everyone around the world, especially communities who depend on the ocean for food.
The robots were deployed 1,000 meters underwater in the Gulf of Oman and spent eight months gathering data. We know that this dead zone covers an area larger than Scotland and is growing.