Discovering a New Ecosystem through Science Research: Watch the Delta Grow

Southern Louisiana sits on the Mississippi River Delta.  It is a rich and vibrant place.  Our swamps, marshes, and bayous are teeming with wildlife.  Oil and gas exploration, shipping and navigation, and the fishing industry support a thriving national economy.  Local traditions and culture originate from a mix of Cajun, Creole, Caribbean, French, and Spanish roots.

 

 

 

 

Southern Louisiana formed and grew over six thousand years by the power of the Mississippi River.  But now the land is eroding and sinking, threatening our communities and our way of life.  

Image from LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio

 

 

But the story does not end here. At the end of the Atchafalaya River, a new delta is growing.  The Wax Lake Delta.  As a “living laboratory”, scientists are studying this newly formed land to understand how deltas grow. Their findings are providing insight into ways that we can use the Mississippi River to once again build new land throughout Southern Louisiana. 

Image from NASA Earth Observatory