We previously mentioned the “dead zone” off the Louisiana coast, so-called because the low oxygen levels (hypoxia) stifle any sea life in the area. I suggested that what we needed was a series of large fish-tank aerators attached to all those oil platforms.
It occurs to me that we just had a pretty major aerator go through. Its name was Gustav.
I’m sure it’ll be a while before anybody finishes analyzing the full effects, but meanwhile here’s a story on the fallout from Hurricane Dolly: http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20080729/ARTICLES/807290318/1211/news01
Well, they do say it’s an ill wind that blows nobody good; we seem to have found a disaster that hurricanes actually help mitigate (besides drought, which we knew already).
I suppose, if Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle had lived on the Gulf Coast instead of London (and one can only imagine what Higgins would have made of the Cajun accent), they might have been remembered for the line, “In Houma, Hammond, and Houston, Hurricanes Hamper Hypoxia.”