The Detailed Story
The story of the loss of America's WETLAND is complex. It did not happen overnight, and is not a product of one or a few events. It is a combination of a variety of natural processes, made worse by some well-meaning activities of humans.
The following index will take you through a discussion of the many aspects of the ecology of the coastal ecosystem, how it is supposed to work, what it is actually doing, how humans have thrown a monkey wrench into the system, and how humans are trying to recover the values of the wetlands which have been and may be lost.
- Coastal Definition and Louisiana Maps
- Types of Wetlands in America's WETLAND
- Wetland plants found in America's WETLAND: A Checklist
- How Do We Place Value on Wetlands?
- Meterology and Hurricanes in Coastal Louisiana
- Soil Definitions and Cross-sections of Metairie and New Orleans
- Living in NOLA with Deltaic Environment in Greater New Orleans
- Mississippi River Anatomy
- Louisiana's Old River Control Structure and Flood Protection
- What is a River Delta, and What Types Exist?
- How was the Mississippi River Delta Formed?
- Sedimentation and Mudlumps
- Habitats of America's WETLAND
- Changes in America's WETLAND in Historic Times
- What Causes the Loss of America's WETLAND?
- Solutions: Attitude Adjustment, Agencies, Legislation, Regulations & Laws, NGOs
- Current Solutions: Steps Taken to Overcome the Loss of America's WETLAND
- Salt domes
- Spoil Bank Succession & Constructed Wetlands
- Lake Pontchartrain's Problems
- Examples of Species Dependent on America's WETLAND
- Selected Bibliography for these Notes