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Press Release 09-203

Diverting Sediment-rich Water Below New Orleans Could Lead to Extensive New Land

Openings in Mississippi levees could build new land in sinking delta

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Photo of the Mississippi River delta.

As the Mississippi River enters the Gulf of Mexico, it deposits its load of sediment in a delta.

Credit: NASA


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Image of the lower Mississippi River delta below New Orleans, with predictions for new land.

View of the lower Mississippi River delta below New Orleans, with predictions for new land.

Credit: AGU/EOS


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Image of the Wax Lake Delta in 2005, with a hindcast of shoreline position.

A view of the Wax Lake Delta in 2005, with a hindcast of shoreline position.

Credit: AGU/EOS


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