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New Orleans Redux by tucsonmike on 5 August 2007 1:54am
Well almost two years since Katrina. The messes are still being made, problems not really solved.

Well according to National Geographic, because of global warming, it will not matter. Their estimate is that by the year 2100, New Orleans will be the Western Hemisphere's Atlantis.

A University of Pennsylvania Geographer is already suggesting the port be moved even past Baton Rouge another 75 miles. In 2100, Baton Rouge, may be right on the Gulf.

Ferriday, Louisiana, home of rock and roller Jerry Lee Lewis. Who woulda thunk it would have to become a major port?
Re: New Orleans Redux by geordiegirl on 5 August 2007 5:48pm
One reason I wish I could live for ever (well, having reasonably good health at the moment!) is to see these events through - what does happen eventually?
Will Ferriday become the major port?
Re: New Orleans Redux by tucsonmike on 5 August 2007 6:15pm
Linda, no one really knows...yet. I saw that map in Geographic, though and realized how dire it really is.

I was choosing Ferriday to be facetious. The scary part is I may not be far from wrong. I can see it now, a major port and
a theme park based on Jerry Lee Lewis, 50's Rock n Roll, country music and the history of the submerged New Orleans.
Re: New Orleans Redux by johnnythemonkey on 5 August 2007 7:25pm
I think that it a pity that here in the U.K at least, the continuing hardship of many people in New Orleans is no longer considered to be newsworthy.
Re: New Orleans Redux by geordiegirl on 5 August 2007 11:20pm
Yes, scary. I hope defence works are still happening for the people in New Orleans, perhaps some are still homeless...?
Re: New Orleans Redux by tucsonmike on 6 August 2007 12:22am
Sadly, the same has happened here. Get this weeks Time Magazine. Katrina is the cover story. New Orleans is being slowly destroyed by corruption and greed.

There are the TV commercials to get people to visit. There are Katrina refugees all over (Elaine works with one)

You can blame our present President in the short term. The beginning of this sad state of affairs goes back a century.
Re: New Orleans Redux by canaveralgumby on 7 August 2007 9:04pm
I'm reading that article now. Nat'l Geogr. articles are long and take my peabrain a week!

To encapsulate, New Orleans has been wiped out many times over centuries, and they keep rebuilding. What we know NOW is that the "land" is unstable silt from the Mississippi River.

The problem is, ports are still lucrative and still the major entryways for cargo anywhere in the world. Most major cities in the world were built around ports on rivers or seashores.

Whattya gonna do?

I guess the lesson here is to develop N.O. homes/suburbs well away from the immediate site. Certainly at or above sea level, instead of below sea level, where they are now. Historic buildings could be moved and the historic district re-established on solid ground while there is a chance. I'll bet people all over the US would contribute funds for that.

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