Oceanographers and others have discussed what phrase best describes the phenomenon to non-specialists. Among the options considered have been 'ocean suffocation' (which was used in a news report from May 2008 ), 'ocean oxygen deprivation' , 'decline in ocean oxygen', 'marine deoxygenation', 'ocean oxygen depletion' and 'ocean hypoxia'.
- 1.^ Expanding Oxygen-Minimum Zones in the Tropical Oceans by L. Stramma et al. doi:10.1126/science.1153847
- 2.^ Ocean Dead Zones Growing; May Be Linked to Warming National Geographic News, May 1, 2008
- 3.^ A problem without a name The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Oct 13, 2008
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