That sinking feeling

Feeling down, down in NOLA? Well, that sinking feeling in New Orleans is not imaginary. Scientists tell us a whole slice of the Mississippi River delta is slowly sliding southward into the Gulf of Mexico.

This just makes the whole political and social quicksand of NOLA's future even more complex. You've got your rising sea levels, your sinking levees, occasional big hurricanes, oil and gas extraction, your Corps of Engineers, your local government agencies and now you've got another piece of scientific bad news. Subsidence. This is verrrrry slow, but seemingly inevitable. Houseboats, anyone?

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