Like all coasts, the land around the Mississippi River is constantly evolving. In past centuries, that process was slowed by the annual flooding of the River’s vast delta, which brought new sediment to replace what was lost.
But climate change, coupled with heavy engineering (channeling and stronger levees), have turned this coastline into one of the most rapidly eroding areas of the U.S.
The decades old map are currently being updated and more than 30 of the region’s names have already been officially retired from the map.
“Because deltas are so dynamic, they’re either building or they’re eroding. The idea that you can pick a point in time and say, ‘This is how we want the coast to look,’ is, first of all, the wrong way to think about it. And second of all, it creates an impossible situation.”
Read more in the Atlantic Cities article.