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“Coastal Land Loss in Louisiana: From Denial to Reality”

The coastlines and wetlands of Louisiana are disappearing at an alarming rate due to the combination of subsidence of land, erosion and rising sea levels. According to a recent article in the American Association of Geographers newsletter, erosion alone is causing losses of a football field-sized area every hour. This coastline once accounted for 40% of the nation’s marsh/swamp ecosystems, according to the article.  You can read more about the history of how this valuable area has changed here.

Source: Trish Hartmann, Commons Wikimedia