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Welcome to the premier online guide to the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf of Mexico maps. The Gulf of Mexico is a major body of water bordered and nearly landlocked by North America. The gulf's eastern, northern, and northwestern shores lie within the United States of America. The gulf is bordered on the southwestern and southern shores with Mexico.


The Gulf of Mexico is connected to the Atlantic Ocean by the Straits of Florida, and connected to the Caribbean Sea through the Yucatan Channel. There are three major rivers entering the gulf are the Mississippi, Brazos, and the Rio Grande.

The total area of the Gulf of Mexico is approximately 615,000 square miles. Coastal cities along the Gulf of Mexico include Tampa, St. Petersburg, Pensacola, Mobile, New Orleans, Beaumont, and Houston in the United States,Veracruz and Mérida in Mexico, and Havana in Cuba.
Both gas and oil have been found in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf was discovered by European explorers soon after Columbus’s first journey to the New World. The first person to draw a detailed map of it was Juan de la Cosa, who drew the map in 1500.



The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
A huge "dead zone" of water so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live in it has spread across 5,800 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico this summer in what has become an annual occurrence caused by pollution. The dead zone lacks oxygen because of pollution in the form of excess nutrients that flows into the gulf from the Mississippi River. Animals trying to live in this smothering layer of water near the bottom of the sea must either leave or they will sufficate. To learn more about the "dead zone" please visit the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Assessment' s website. NOAA's Official Website


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Hurricane Season
The official hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin (the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico) is from June 1 to November 30. The peak of the season is from mid-August to late October.



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Hurricane Preparation Tips
The following list includes the most important emergency supplies when preparing for a hurricane.

*Portable AM Radio & Batteries *Oil Lamp & Lamp Oil *First Aid Kit
Hammer & assorted nails * Pliers * Candles & Matches *Masking Tape (2 rolls 2" tape ) * Flashlights (3) & Batteries * Tarpaulins
*Propane tanks for barbecue grill or camping stoves.
*Electrical tape (1 roll)
*Purchase Emergency Foods (Non-perishable)
* Bottled Drinking Water *Canned Soups *Vegetables etc.
*Pastas, macaroni *Powdered Chocolate Drink Mix *Powdered Milk *Eggs
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Assemble Important Documents -
It is important that important documents be removed from a home which is to be evacuated. They should be stored in a safe place. A bank safe deposit box is used by many. Some folks will use a Sentry type home safe which is fire and water
resistant. Important records include: Homeowners, automobile and boat insurance contracts; Life insurance policies; Wills, Trusts; Property Deeds, Marriage Certificates, Military Discharge Certificates, Birth Certificates, etc.

Protect your windows. Permanent shutters are the best protection.

Water Availability - If winds are expected to reach category 3 or above, the Water Resources Superintendent will make a determination if the water needs to be turned off. Fill your bath tubs and buckets with water for flushing toilets in event water supply or electricity is turned off.

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