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Mississippi Delta: Chapter G in Emergent wetlands status and trends in the northern Gulf of Mexico: 1950-2010

July 31, 2018

The Mississippi River Delta, the tip of the longest river in North America, is
located in the coastal plains of southeastern Louisiana. The study area included in the
Mississippi River Delta vignette of southeastern Louisiana follows the Mississippi River
southward from Port Sulphur within the modern Plaquemines-Balize Delta lobe (Figure
1). It extends eastward through Long Bay into California Bay and then encapsulates most
of the land to the east of the river; it extends south into Lake Washington and Lake
Robinson, then to the Gulf of Mexico, and includes the land to the west of the river. All
of this area is within Plaquemines Parish. The mouth of the Mississippi includes four
subdeltas (West Bay, Cubit’s Gap, Baptiste Collette, and Garden Island Bay) which
began formation between 1839 and 1891 (Coleman and others, 1998). As of 2010, the
total land area from Venice, LA to the gulf was 357.50 square km (138.03 square miles)
and had ranged from 208.08 square km (80.34 square miles) to 393.70 square km (152.01
square miles) since 1973 (Couvillion and others, 2011).

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title Mississippi Delta: Chapter G in Emergent wetlands status and trends in the northern Gulf of Mexico: 1950-2010
DOI
Authors Lawrence Handley, Kathryn A. Spear, Mirka Zapletal, Cindy A. Thatcher, William R. Jones, Scott A. Wilson
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70198375
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wetland and Aquatic Research Center