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To Prevent Hurricane Damage, Build More Land
June 23, 2008
A team of scientists funded by the National Science Foundation's Center for Earth Surface Dynamics (CESD) has proposed a longer-term solution to protect New Orleans from storm surges: harnessing the power of the Mississippi River to replenish the soil of the Delta, which would restore the wetlands and the region's natural storm surge barrier.
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