Documented here is a way of life that is quickly waning. Fishermen, oyster farmers, cattle ranchers, oil industry workers, shipbuilders, and tugboat captains are all heavily dependent on Louisianaâs coastal territory in bringing the people of the United States a host of products and services sometimes taken for granted. Home to nearly two million residents, the stateâs wetland serves as protection from hurricanes and storm surges and acts as a buffer for the city of New Orleans, identified by the National Hurricane Center as the city most threatened by the loss of Americaâs Wetland.
The book makes clear that as coastal erosion in Louisiana worsens at an alarming rate, the nationâs economic and energy security is put at ever-higher risk and the environmental repercussions become unthinkable. Aerial photographs show how the oil and gas infrastructure is becoming increasingly exposed to the Gulf. Wells, pipelines, ports, roads, and levees that are key to delivering energy to the nation have been made vulnerable. Louisiana wetlands are the natural nursery ground for much of the countryâs seafood and the wintering habitat for more than five million waterfowl and migratory birds. Stunning photographs of owls, pelicans, egret, crab, crawfish, and alligators illustrate the vast array of wildlife whose homeâif not very survivalâis endangered by the possible collapse of this intricate ecosystem.
Americaâs WETLAND not only maps the causes and effects of Louisianaâs diminishing coast but also outlines restorative and conservation initiatives such as tree planting, rebuilding fisheries, and setting aside wildlife refuges. With the active support of all Americans, there is still hope that this imperiled border of the country can be saved.
About: With Americaâs WETLAND, award-winning photographer Bevil Knapp and veteran reporter Mike Dunne sound the clarion call of the catastrophic effects of Louisianaâs vanishing coastlineânot just for Louisiana but for the nation and the world.
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