Jun
08
2005

That seems to be the conclusion of a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that finds the northern Gulf of Mexico is sinking much faster than previously thought.

Every year, the Mississippi and other rivers dump millions of tons of sediment into the Gulf. All that weight pushes down on the Earth, causing some shoreline areas to disappear entirely, and other to sink dangerously low. Low-lying areas are vulnerable to flooding, especially during hurricane season.

Planners need to know how high or low each area is, in order to make the proper precautions. But a recent re-measuring showed that Louisiana is sinking faster than expected. Hurricane preparations currently underway may not be enough to protect some areas.

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bryan kennedy's picture

Well, it looks like some of these ideas will be put to the test tonight as Hurricane Katrina trucks into this area. For more information on this subject check out Science Buzz's article "The Science of Huricane Katrina"
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bryan kennedy
Science Buzz Site Admin

posted on Sun, 08/28/2005 - 11:22pm
Nikki's picture
Nikki says:

wow i didnt know that

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 1:35pm

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