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Penn Geologists Quantify, Characterize Sediment Carried by Mississippi Flood to Louisiana's Wetlands

February 13, 2013

researchers measure a sediment sample The spring 2011 flood of the Mississippi was among the largest floods ever, the river swelling over its banks and wreaking destruction in the surrounding areas. But a University of Pennsylvania-led study also shows that the floods reaped environmental benefits--transporting and laying down new sediment in portions of the Delta--that may help maintain the area's wetlands. Full Story

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