2011 Spring Flood
A view of the north end of Lake Murphy on the East Side of the Atchafalaya Basin. This section of Lake Murphy is home to a stand of young cypress trees that have successfully colonized an area. Cypress trees are known as a climax species, as their presence often indicates an area that has stabilized with nutrients and water flow. USGS scientists are studying this stand of cypress trees in order to understand what conditions have allowed them to thrive, and what the effects of the new 2011 floodwaters will be.
Location: Lake Murphy, East Side of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana