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Marsh Management in Coastal Louisiana: Effects and Issues; Proceedings of a Symposium; Baton Rouge, La, June 7-10, 1988 (Classic Reprint)

Marsh Management in Coastal Louisiana: Effects and Issues; Proceedings of a Symposium; Baton Rouge, La, June 7-10, 1988 (Classic Reprint)

ISBN: 9780243005550
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Publication Date: 2017-01-13
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Excerpt from Marsh Management in Coastal Louisiana: Effects and Issues; Proceedings of a Symposium; Baton Rouge, La, June 7-10, 1988
The marshes of coastal southeast Louisiana occur over an area of about miz, and they constitute about 60% of the Mississippi River Deltaic Plain complex, the newest land added to the Gulf Coastal Region during the past few thousand years. Any local, State, or Federal program concerned with the management of these deltaic plain marshes must be based upon a firm understanding of the natural geological processes which created them.
Part I of this paper consists of a brief description of the deltaic plain complex. Part II is con cerned with the description of the coastal bays, sounds, transgressive barrier islands, and offshore shoals which are related to the delta complex. Part III discusses 51 significant papers on the delta complex which have been written during the past 58 years. Part IV is a brief summary of the origin and development of the coastal region of southeast Louisiana based upon the research outlined above. Illustrations show how the mighty Mississippi River created about mi2 of new land in the Gulf of Mexico, in the form of a series of deltas, during the past years. Attention is also focused on the natural processes of river diversion, delta abandonment, and compaction and subsidence of abandoned delta sediments, which permitted the gulf to move inland and reclaim about mi2 of this new land.
In spite of the massive research effort at Louisiana State University over a period of 58 years, there are still many citizens of coastal Louisiana who do not understand the basic principles of natural deltaic sedimentation and the concurrent loss of land that had been previously created by the deltas. Over 80% of the shorelines of coastal Louisiana are and should be under natural transgressive conditions today. Wherever humans choose to live upon the large deltas of the world they must be prepared to suffer the inevitable consequences of natural river diversions, delta abandonment, compaction and subsidence, and the great loss of land as the seas transgress over large portions of the deltas.
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