Hurricane Katrina Gulf of Mexico 2005
“Wetlands and barrier islands provide protection from the strong winds and storm surges of hurricanes. It is estimated that every 2.7 miles of wetlands reduces a storm surge by one foot. As erosion continues, and wetlands turn to open water, their ability to decrease approaching storm surges decreases and the risk of catastrophic loss of life and property from hurricanes is greatly increased.” https://www2.southeastern.edu/orgs/oilspill/wetlands.html
“Study Finds Widespread Land Losses from Gulf Oil Spill
Nov. 17, 2016
2010 photo of a shoreline in Bay Jimmy, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, impacted by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Oil weakens and kills vegetation, leading to the loss of roots that help hold soil together.
Credits: Bruce A. Davis, Department of Homeland Security
Dramatic, widespread shoreline loss is revealed in new NASA/U.S. Geological Survey annual maps of the Louisiana marshlands where the coastline was most…