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Louisiana’s Wetlands Are Being Lost At The Rate Of One Football Field Every 38 Minutes
Science Daily ^ | 1-4-2008 | Louisiana State University.

Posted on 01/04/2008 1:28:00 PM PST by blam

Louisiana’s Wetlands Are Being Lost At The Rate Of One Football Field Every 38 Minutes

ScienceDaily (Jan. 4, 2008) — LSU and Ohio State University will battle for the BCS National College Football Championship in the Superdome early next week, but if the game was held in the Louisiana wetlands instead, the entire field would disappear before halftime.

Louisiana’s wetlands are being lost at the rate of approximately one football field every 38 minutes. To fight against this rapid destruction, the two universities joined forces in 2003, forming an ongoing research partnership with the goal of rebuilding the vanishing coastal wetland ecosystem that makes up 30 percent of the nation’s total coastal marsh.

Researchers also aim to reduce the flow of nitrogen and other chemicals that pour into the Mississippi River each spring from America’s heartland. This causes an overabundance of nutrients that rob the water of oxygen, creating a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico – more than 975 square miles of low-oxygen water that limits the sustainable fisheries of the region.

“This is a multi-billion-dollar problem that affects our entire nation,” said LSU Chancellor Sean O’Keefe. “While we battle on the football field, we collaborate in the research field to tackle the issue of coastal wetlands loss.”

Louisiana’s wetlands help to make the state the nation’s leader in crude oil production and second in natural gas production, according to America’s Wetland Foundation. These fragile ecosystems also support 25 percent of the nation’s total commercial fishing haul and provide storm protection to five of the country’s largest ports. Wetlands are essential because of their capability to filter the nutrients that would contribute to the dead zone before they get carried into the Gulf; they’re also vital for hurricane protection in storm-sensitive areas like New Orleans.

“Louisiana has both the largest amount of wetland loss and the largest dead zone in the country,” said Robert Twilley, associate vice chancellor of research and economic development at LSU, director of the Coastal Systems and Society Agenda, professor of coastal sciences and leader of the Shell Coastal Environmental Modeling Laboratory, or CEML. “We’re working hard to rebuild our wetlands and reduce nutrients to the Gulf of Mexico, but we can’t do it alone.”

That’s where OSU comes in.

While LSU scientists focus on Louisiana, addressing the issues of dramatic wetland loss and the continuously growing dead zone, OSU researchers are developing wetlands upstream so that nutrient loads in the Mississippi that would increase the size of the dead zone will be dramatically reduced by the time they reach the delta region.

Adapted from materials provided by Louisiana State University.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: disappear; lost; louisiana; swamps; wetlands
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1 posted on 01/04/2008 1:28:04 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

But are they gaining football fields?


2 posted on 01/04/2008 1:30:40 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: blam

In don’t see the problem.

Isn’t this mother nature at work?

Why should man stop the course of a natural process?


3 posted on 01/04/2008 1:31:26 PM PST by George from New England
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To: blam

Maybe it’s time to punt?


4 posted on 01/04/2008 1:32:52 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: blam

Good bet that Louisiana was FORMED one football field at a time.


5 posted on 01/04/2008 1:33:06 PM PST by i_dont_chat (Your choice if you take offense.)
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To: blam

If we’re losing all these football fields, aren’t we going to run out of them before the Super Bowl gets here?

Huh?

Anyone?


6 posted on 01/04/2008 1:34:07 PM PST by Constitution Day (Get over yourselves!)
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To: All

Less damage from hurricanes in the future, esp wetlands near the coast.

Now, they probably could work out some deals with those football fields...


7 posted on 01/04/2008 1:35:24 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Illegal Aliens are not "undocumented immigrants"....Are murderers "population control specialists"?)
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To: blam

So they need a few extra billion dollars to study this or something?


8 posted on 01/04/2008 1:35:57 PM PST by driftdiver
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To: George from New England

The modifications to the Mississippi river by the Corps of Engineers, the canals, etc. are largely the cause of the land loss.


9 posted on 01/04/2008 1:36:56 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: blam

Geez.

“Wetlands” = SWAMP.

So, they are losing SWAMPLAND quickly - perhaps drying out and becoming (human) useful land?

I can see why the enviros would hate this.


10 posted on 01/04/2008 1:38:18 PM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: George from New England

“Isn’t this mother nature at work? Why should man stop the course of a natural process?”

It is NOT the natural process. The man-made levees prevent sediment that would otherwise be deposited from the natural flow of the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico, hence building up the land in our coastal region.


11 posted on 01/04/2008 1:38:22 PM PST by Boanarges
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To: blam
Louisiana’s Wetlands Are Being Lost At The Rate Of One Football Field Every 38 Minutes

Is this including downtown New Orleans and those 'burbs swamped by Katrina???

12 posted on 01/04/2008 1:38:42 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: blam
Stasis in saecula saeculorum!

The motto of the modern environmental movement.
13 posted on 01/04/2008 1:39:33 PM PST by Antoninus (If you want the national GOP to look more like the Massachusetts GOP, vote for Flip Romney)
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To: blam
wetlands being lost...

I found some here:

They aren't going to run out anytime soon.

14 posted on 01/04/2008 1:41:18 PM PST by Gil4 ("There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism" - Teddy Roosevelt)
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To: blam

I highly doubt it. If it were so, LA would be dry by now.........


15 posted on 01/04/2008 1:44:26 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Jeff Chandler

sounds like a good place to build a refinery,cause I LOVE BIG OIL


16 posted on 01/04/2008 1:45:21 PM PST by jd792
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To: blam

Where are they going?


17 posted on 01/04/2008 1:45:35 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Planting trees to offset carbon emissions is like drinking water to offset rising ocean levels)
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To: blam

Since when is draining a swamp a bad thing? wetland=swamp


18 posted on 01/04/2008 1:47:13 PM PST by LetsRok
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To: Red Badger

A football field would have to go under water in order to disappear. This means there will actually be more football fields. Good, bring back the USFL!


19 posted on 01/04/2008 1:47:37 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: blam
Huh, so this article is basically saying that Louisiana STILL EXISTS, however.

I thought Bush, Cheney, and Katrina took care of that state back in '05.

20 posted on 01/04/2008 1:50:38 PM PST by Sam's Army
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

Actually the wetlands a.k.a. swamps slow down the hurricanes, so losing wetlands does not equate to less damage from hurricanes. Just the opposite is true.


21 posted on 01/04/2008 1:53:35 PM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: Strategerist
The modifications to the Mississippi river by the Corps of Engineers, the canals, etc. are largely the cause of the land loss.

Exactly!

22 posted on 01/04/2008 1:56:05 PM PST by kipita (“Love” is to humanity as gravitons are to an infinite # of universes.)
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To: Boanarges; Strategerist

Absolutely correct, both of you. If the Mississippi had been allowed to do what it wanted to, it would have cut a new channel many years ago pretty much south from Baton Rouge rather than southeast through NO where it is now and NO would be left out. Sounds like a good idea to me.
The Army Corps of Engineers has caused more expensive misery than probably any other part of the government. There’s probably no telling how many billions of dollars have been dumped into that outfit to try to dick with mother nature. It’s a boondoggle of the highest magnitude.


23 posted on 01/04/2008 1:56:29 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: George from New England

Because after their great floods the Dutch had the sense to create concentric rings of wet agriculture to act as barriers against it happening again so that their country, reclaimed from the sea at the outset, would be safer and larger. Had this been done before the disaster could have been avoided. But there was no match for the corruption. One of the oddest things is that Tulane, instead of looking at what needs to be done and getting funds to lead in doing it, decided to close its engineering school. ?????? Where do we get these so-called leaders of universities?


24 posted on 01/04/2008 1:57:39 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: blam

isnt N.O. considered a wetlands now?


25 posted on 01/04/2008 1:57:52 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: blam

These non-standard units of measurement always bug me.

Unless I’ve dropped a decimal or two someplace, this works out to about 28 square miles/year.

The area of the state of Louisiana is 51,843 square miles.

I figure the state will be completely gone in the year 3873.


26 posted on 01/04/2008 2:03:31 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: blam

37.89 ‘football fields’ of wetlands gone every day? Can somebody do the math to figure up how long it will take before Louisiana is all non-wetland? How long has this been going on? A few days? A year? Sounds like a load of junk science to me. Mr. Stossel, pick up the courtesy phone...Mr. Stossel.


27 posted on 01/04/2008 2:04:24 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Ok, that was hilarious.


28 posted on 01/04/2008 2:05:31 PM PST by sappy
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To: blam
38 minutes? What kind of scare tactic is that. Needs to be "losing number of X per seconds"

38 x 60 = 2280
football field is 360 x 160 = Area of 57600

57600 / 2280 = 25.26 square feet per second

Bar size pool table is 3.5 x 7 or area of 25.9(close enough)

Louisiana’s Wetlands Are Being Lost At The Rate Of One BAR SIZE POOL TABLE every second!

29 posted on 01/04/2008 2:07:38 PM PST by Malsua
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To: George from New England

The Army Corps of Engineers puts the loss at 22,000 acres/year which is close to the football fields figure; their report of 2004 states that 30% is natural and 70% by mankind’s “activities” (undescribed).


30 posted on 01/04/2008 2:07:49 PM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: blam
Louisiana’s Wetlands Are Being Lost At The Rate Of One Football Field Every 38 Minutes

Did they check William Jefferson's freezer? Maybe they are in there...

31 posted on 01/04/2008 2:10:00 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: MrB
“Wetlands” = SWAMP.

Do you know the difference between a "wetland" and a "swamp"?

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No one will give you money to save a Swamp!

32 posted on 01/04/2008 2:12:05 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: George from New England

The wetlands aren’t disappearing, they’re just relocating.


33 posted on 01/04/2008 2:20:37 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: Past Your Eyes; AmericanVictory

“The Army Corps of Engineers has caused more expensive misery than probably any other part of the government.”

If you look at the history of the Corps projects on the Mississippi they have been batting close to 0. Tulane made a financial decision on Engineering, they were not in the top tier of schools. Engineering studies interfere with the Gentlemen’s B and partying.


34 posted on 01/04/2008 2:22:32 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (We have become an oligarchy not a Republic.)
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To: blam
Conversely, Nevada wetlands are growing at the rate of one European soccer stadium every time I friggin' blink.

You wouldn't believe the rain we're getting right this moment.

35 posted on 01/04/2008 2:25:54 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: blam

Interesting, the misconceptions many have,mainly of
N.O. post-katrina.
Spent a year in Gulfport,MS
in recovery operations. My territory was Mobile, AL
to Venice,LA
Mainstream media focus was N.O.,IGNORING the truly
hard hit areas! Hope no Freeper ever has to see any
thing like the devastion Katrina brought!The purported
loss of wetland changes every year!Lived in Thibodeaux
many moons ago!

N o F


36 posted on 01/04/2008 2:26:43 PM PST by NameOnFile (stealing song lyrics.....again)
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To: blam

In other news, 87% of all statistics - particularly specious ones like this - are made up on the spot.


37 posted on 01/04/2008 2:28:05 PM PST by wbill
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To: Sherman Logan
I can’t remember the numbers Armed Forces Radio and Television gave in their commercial about how much land is being lost there but I calculated the numbers they gave at the time and determined that New Orleans would be completely swallowed by the sea in 2012.
38 posted on 01/04/2008 2:32:31 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

My point is that, confronted with a unique opportunity to become tops in an area of extreme importance to the local economy they threw it away.

Years ago a man I knew who had been in the corps for many years and who then became a large-scale contractor told me about a guy in the Corps who way back began to show that by moving earth and sand around as the Dutch do and not doing so much concretizing and channeling, the Corps could achieve much in the way of what was needed to avoid something like Katrina and do things less expensively. He found he was more and more being isolated and eventually was driven to retire.


39 posted on 01/04/2008 2:35:49 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: blam
What was it? ....10> Years ago, We're losing, Y^X acres every (day / hour) in the Rain Forest.....just more (B)arabra (S)treisand.
40 posted on 01/04/2008 2:44:45 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you....Run, FRed, Run. :^)
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To: AmericanVictory

This is not surprising to me. The Corps makes work by helping Congress with projects in their districts to maintain their support for more projects, most unneeded.

The break on the 17th. street canal that became a TV standard was in the back yard of a friend of mine. His interaction with the Corp could be the basis of a good book on boondoggles. This one canal and the MRGO could make a nice congressional investigation. Nothing happens without the Corps. Those on this forum that talk about La corruption should include the Corp as an enabler or at least co-conspirators.


41 posted on 01/04/2008 2:51:10 PM PST by A Strict Constructionist (We have become an oligarchy not a Republic.)
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To: blam
Okay, now they're complaining that there isn't enough water in Louisiana? Can they get some extra from New Orleans?
42 posted on 01/04/2008 2:55:07 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (wee fish ewe a mare egrets moose panda hippo gnu deer)
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To: blam

There’s not much man can build that a good cat 5 hurricane can’t remove.


43 posted on 01/04/2008 3:04:51 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Louisiana call Nevada Lost and Found Department.


44 posted on 01/04/2008 3:37:18 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Just saying what 'they' won't.)
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To: Onelifetogive

Defintions for wetlands vary, but none is so restrictive as a swamp. Typically a wetland requires 10-14 days of standing water a year, along with appropriate vegetation (which is rather common). So if you had a puddle in your back yard for 2 weeks in a year, chances are you have a wetland.


45 posted on 01/04/2008 3:54:02 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: MrB
No one will give you money to save a Swamp!

Also works with Jungle/Rainforest!

46 posted on 01/04/2008 4:07:23 PM PST by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: Strategerist
The modifications to the Mississippi river by the Corps of Engineers, the canals, etc. are largely the cause of the land loss.

You sir have the winning post.

The people of Louisiana wish to thank the Army Corps of Engineers for the destruction of their state.

47 posted on 01/04/2008 4:29:11 PM PST by Founding Father (The Pedophile moHAMmudd (PBUH---Pigblood be upon him))
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To: blam

Why are they playing football in wetlands?


48 posted on 01/04/2008 4:30:30 PM PST by RightWhale (Dean Koonz is good, but my favorite authors are Dun and Bradstreet)
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To: blam; scrabblehack; Onelifetogive; MrB; Robert DeLong
When I first came here, this was all swamp.

Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them.

It sank into the swamp.

So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp.

So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp.

But the fourth one stayed up.

And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England.

49 posted on 01/04/2008 4:39:23 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: blam

I read a lot of cute posts to this article.

Here is another one to have some fun with.
http://money.cnn.com/2007/08/02/magazines/fortune/no_energycrisis.fortune/index.htm


50 posted on 01/05/2008 7:10:31 AM PST by NickFlooding (Canceling out liberal votes since 1972.)
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