I had trouble deciding where to put this thread, but I figured in the end that it would only interest map freaks like myself. The subject is the fact that the map of Louisiana hasn't changed in at least 80 years whereas it is quite clear that the Mississippi River changes things constantly, not to mention all of the interventions by humans, the ravages of the hurricanes and obviously global warming. Anybody who knows Louisiana at all knows that a huge amount of the state is barely above sea level (and sometimes not at all, such as a lot of the city of New Orleans). But frankly, I was quite shocked to see an updated map of the state showing only permanent dry land in this decade.
It is very alarming indeed. I didn't read the article but can cite all the reasons I'm aware of most of it. The extraction of billions of gallons of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas.
Man-made levees; trading off periodic river flooding for permanent coastal flooding and erosion, don't forget that every spring the Mississippi River swells as a result of snow and spring rains from 41% of the continental US, 1.25 million square miles from 31 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. Dredging to allow for bigger ships and barges. The list goes on....
Decidedly, Kerouac is taking up my time on this beautiful warm late September weekend, between la Petite-Ceinture and this, with so many place names that echo those here.
I was in Amsterdam during Katrina; the engineers there didn't believe the state of the levees, in another wealthy first-world country. They expected such mayhem in poor Bangladesh, not in the USA. Not saying that out of any sense of superiority; what is going on in the Alberta tar sands is just as ghastly.
It is appalling. So much of it involves politics. A Republican governor Presidential wannabe, a seemingly weakening Democratic Sr. Senator, up for re-election...recent polls show her in a deadlock with her Republican opponent. Oil companies, greed and power win out over the environment once again...
The US Congress unanimously passed the Keystone Pipeline project. President Obama has been opposed to this project which has proven to be real political "hot potato". There are strong indications that he will veto the bill. It's very disconcerting. The amount of tar sand alone is so wrong. I'm so bent out of shape about this. It will have a huge impact on our coastline and disappearance, among other environmental impacts, all disastrous.