Troubled Islands: Hurricanes, Oil Spill and Sea Level Rise

Oil on the Chandeleur islands from a plane. Captions and Photo source: ©© Jeff Warren


On one side of the Mississippi River outlet, to the east of the river outlet, is the Chandeleur Islands-Biloxi Marsh system which is on it’s last legs, say researchers studying the recent geological history of the area via peat layers beneath in the marshes. On the other side, to the west, is Grand Isle which is the focus of a study that helps document what conditions BP needs to restore oil-damaged beaches to return to some kind of normal state, at a time when the island itself is undergoing massive and rapid changes due to hurricanes and repeated beach nourishment efforts…

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