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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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Seeing It for Themselves

Seeing It for Themselves

(p.59) 5 Seeing It for Themselves
Losing Ground

David M. Burley

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses how residents of the Louisiana coast developed a sense of loss upon the gradual incursion of saltwater to their coastal land. As the damage caused by the land loss became visible to the residents of the Louisiana coast, it became more painful to the residents to bear, as they were being constantly reminded of the vast lands that they used to have but lost. This chapter notes that an outsider may only see the land loss simply as a loss of landscape of wetlands, marsh, and bayous, but for the residents, it was a lingering tragedy that was taking their home away piece by piece.

Keywords:   land loss, Louisiana coast, environmental change, landscape, wetlands, marsh, bayous, home

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