Louisiana's Changing Shape Before Our Eyes

Submitted by: lalapancakes 11 months ago in News & Politics Science

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The coastline of Louisiana is changing and the map makers and satellite services aren’t able to keep up. Not only due to the intense weather but also due to the changing climate and erosion, Louisiana is no longer the iconic boot shape it’s come to be known as.

Business Insider: "According to the U.S.G.S., the state lost just under 1,900 square miles of land between 1932 and 2000. This is the rough equivalent of the entire state of Delaware dropping into the Gulf of Mexico, and the disappearing act has no closing date. If nothing is done to stop the hemorrhaging, the state predicts as much as another 1,750 square miles of land  —  an area larger than Rhode Island  —  will convert to water by 2064."

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Male 39,818
Yes, this has been going on forever, it is not going to stop. Most of that past of the US coastline is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. Much of LA is silt floodplains and highly prone to erosion. It is something they'll just have to adapt to: building hundreds of miles of dykes is not a feasible answer.
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Male 1,302
Not quite forever just 80 years...
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Male 186
"building hundreds of miles of dykes is not a feasible answer." the very existance of the Netherlands would kind of disprove that statement. It's certainly not possible to completely prevent all erosion, but it's certainly possible to slow it down considerably with some good waterway management. Problem is the US has no way of regulating this. The Netherlands has goverment entities called "Waterschappen" (Divided into several regions across the country) responsible for the water management in their area. And they are largely independant from the goverment and provinces, meaning they are much less susceptible to "we could invest 3 million on preventing that village from flooding, or we could build a new stadium instead... Lets build a stadium"
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Male 129
WATERWORLD!!!!
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