Photo: Mississippi River Delta to "Drown" by 2100?



The Mississippi River Delta is drowning, according to research released in June 2009 that predicts the surrounding coastline will be inevitably reshaped in coming decades.

Above, modified satellite images show the river's delta plain as it appears today (top) compared with how much of the region might be submerged by 2100 due to a combination of trapped sediment and rising seas.

Illustrations courtesy Mike Blum, created using NASA images


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