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Losing GroundIdentity and Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana$
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David M. Burley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734881

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734881.001.0001

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An Introduction1

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Losing Ground

David M. Burley

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the gradual loss of land in central Louisiana due to the slow intrusion of saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico. The loss of land was attributed to oil and gas activity in Louisiana, as it cut thousands of miles of canals into the coastal region, causing gradual infiltration of saltwater. This killed a significant amount of vegetation that used to prosper in the Louisiana environment. Since the 1950s, Louisiana has been losing on average 34 square miles per year. This chapter points out that such loss of land has made Louisiana more vulnerable to storms, which can clearly be seen from the damages of Hurricane Katrina.

Keywords:   gradual loss of land, oil and gas, saltwater, Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana

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