Aerial View of Subsiding Marshes in the Mississippi River Delta
An aerial view of subsiding marshes in the Mississippi River Delta. An aerial view of subsiding marshes in the Mississippi River Delta. This region contains vast areas of marshes, swamps, and barrier islands—important habitat for wildlife, as nursery grounds for marine life, and as protective buffers against storms and hurricanes. However, rapid land subsidence due to sediment compaction and dewatering increases the rate of submergence in this deltaic system.