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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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Losing Louisiana

Losing Louisiana

A Meditation on Coastal Land Loss

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Losing Ground

David M. Burley

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter reflects on the harmful impacts of land loss on Louisiana's coastal wetlands. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Gustav, have showed that the gradual loss of land can cause millions of dollars worth of damage. The storms made the situation in Louisiana more severe as the 1.2 million acres of land which was lost was supposed to serve as a buffer zone to weaken storms once they enter inland. Before the land loss happened, the Louisiana coast comprised of barrier lands and hundreds of miles of marshes and wetlands that protected the inner landscape from harm. But the hurricanes obliterated what remained of the storm buffer zone of land, and the gradual land loss showed no signs of stopping.

Keywords:   land loss, Louisiana, hurricanes, barrier lands, coastal wetlands

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