Wetland Loss in the Delta Plain of the Mississippi River

The vast delta plain of coastal Louisiana is a product of 7000 years of
Mississippi River delta building. land was built as a result of sediment
deposition in the vicinity of active outlets of the Mississippi River during an
interval of sea level stability. Through periodic upstream diversions, the
river has constructed a complex delta plain.  Each diversion has initiated a
cyclic episode of delta growth followed by an interval of breakup and decline
with waxing and waning of river outflow and sediment deposition. The net
result has been a gradual progradation of the delta plain., Coastal Sediments '87, American Society of Civil Engineers. New Orleans . May 11- 16
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Abstract/Description: The vast delta plain of coastal Louisiana is a product of 7000 years of Mississippi River delta building. land was built as a result of sediment deposition in the vicinity of active outlets of the Mississippi River during an interval of sea level stability. Through periodic upstream diversions, the river has constructed a complex delta plain. Each diversion has initiated a cyclic episode of delta growth followed by an interval of breakup and decline with waxing and waning of river outflow and sediment deposition. The net result has been a gradual progradation of the delta plain.