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Photos Tell a Story of Disappearing Coastal Land

September 16, 2016

Every hour, a plot of land the size of a football field subsides into the sea in Southeast Louisiana. Over the past 80 years — thanks to the channeling of the Mississippi River, which used to deposit sediment on the shoreline, thanks to drilling for oil and gas, and now rising seas — about 2,000 square miles of the state’s coastal landscape have disappeared.