According to the U.S.G.S., the state of Louisiana 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, Louisiana will lose another 1,750 square miles of land — an area larger than Rhode Island — will convert to water by 2064. An area approximately the size of a football field continues to slip away every hour. “We’re sinking faster than any coast on the planet,” explains Bob Marshall, a Pulitzer-winning journalist in New Orleans. Louisiana is certainly not the only place experiencing massive land loss. The problems of sea levels rising and sinking coastal lands are indeed global issues and could be happening in city too!
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Want to do something about it? Here's a great organization working to rebuild Louisiana's wetlands.