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America's Wetland: Louisiana's Vanishing Coast Hardcover – November 1, 2005
"America's Wetland offers a uniquely personal perspective on the ecological, economic, and cultural impacts of the loss of Louisiana's coastal wetlands. On each page, we get a glimpse of a way of life that is vanishing as rapidly as our coastline, and if nothing is done, could disappear forever."
About the Author
Bevil Knapp has won numerous awards for her photographic work in advertising and reporting. A member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the National Press Photographers Association, she lives in New Orleans.
Mike Dunne is a reporter and writer for the Baton Rouge Advocate and a two-time winner of the Scripps-Howard Foundation's Edward Meeman Award. A member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors, he lives in Baton Rouge.
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Southeastern Louisiana rests on the Mississippi delta, formed by sediments flowing downriver for thousands of years. The delta is made of a fragile soil which erodes when disturbed. Oil and gas exploration and drilling is, aside from levees, the major cause of land loss on the delta. The impact of Katrina on New Orleans was deeply exacerbated by a deteriorating delta.
To avoid the huge responsibilities that would befall them should fault be assigned correctly, the big oil companies fund projects like these, which emphasize direct vegetative restoration (ei. tree planting). These are noble projects but they will not solve the problem. As stated in the book's own summary, the oil and gas companies' main interest, besides covering their butts with feel-good environmentalism, is to protect their pipelines and infrastructure from the erosion -- erosion which they caused and continue to cause.
Definately a great book for yourself or for a gift.