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Prelude: Coastal Roots

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pp. ix-xii

Although I have traveled on six continents, south Louisiana is my favorite place of all. It is my home by birth and for nearly half a century has been my . . .

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1. The Louisiana Coast: Vital, Valuable, and Vulnerable

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pp. 1-12

Louisiana’s coast is a special place. The vast extent and variety of wetlands here are unparalleled anywhere in the temperate regions of North America. Marshes . . .

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2. Deltaic Plain and Chenier Plain Landscapes

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pp. 13-38

Louisiana’s coast is a gift of the Mississippi River. During the past seven thousand years, North America’s most extensive . . .

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3. Coastal Vistas: Vegetation

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pp. 39-68

The Louisiana coast is characterized by a variety of wetlands and adjacent upland areas, and this chapter describes and . . .

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4. Coastal Vistas: Wildlife

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pp. 69-98

Wildlife abounds in Louisiana’s coastal zone. As a visitor drives through or along the edge of the region’s wetlands, however, only a small . . .

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5. Coastal Vistas: Human Activities

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pp. 99-120

For many people—local residents and visitors, city and country dwellers—the coast’s fertile blending of land and water is rest for the weary, excitement for the . . .

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6. Wetland Loss and Restoration

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pp. 121-136

Louisiana’s coast has always been a dynamic place, growing in response to sediment deposition and retreating as the forces of subsidence and erosion take their . . .

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7. Visiting the Coast

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pp. 137-161

Louisiana’s coast is a place that surprises. On any given day, even those who have lifelong experience in these lands and on these waters will find something new to capture the . . .

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8. Conclusion: Tenacity 163

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pp. 163-167

On a cold winter afternoon several years ago, a flooded field along Illinois Plant Road near the Lacassine Refuge Pool was the setting for one of the most . . .

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Books and Other Resources to Enhance Your Wetland

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pp. 169-175

The following sections list books, articles, videos, and Internet sites that offer additional information on topics and issues presented in this guide. The books include recent works, as . . .

Bibliography

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pp. 177-181

Index

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pp. 183-189