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Losing Ground – Identity and Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana - University Press of Mississippi
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Losing Ground: Identity and Land Loss in Coastal Louisiana

David M. Burley


What is it like to lose your front porch to the ocean? To watch saltwater destroy your favorite fishing holes? To see playgrounds and churches subside and succumb to brackish and rising water? The residents of coastal Louisiana know. For them hurricanes are but exclamation points in an incessant loss of coastal land now estimated to occur at a rate of at least twenty-four square miles per year. In this book, coastal Louisianans communicate the significance of place and environment. During interviews taken just before the 2005 hurricanes, they send out a plea to alleviate the damage. They speak ... More

Keywords: rising water, coastal Louisiana, hurricanes, coastal land loss, disasters, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, ocean, saltwater, significance of place

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604734881
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734881.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Burley, author