Guide to an American Wetland
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Texas A&M University Press
Prelude: Coastal Roots
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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 . . .
1. The Louisiana Coast: Vital, Valuable, and Vulnerable
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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 . . .
2. Deltaic Plain and Chenier Plain Landscapes
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Louisiana’s coast is a gift of the Mississippi River. During the past seven thousand years, North America’s most extensive . . .
3. Coastal Vistas: Vegetation
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The Louisiana coast is characterized by a variety of wetlands and adjacent upland areas, and this chapter describes and . . .
4. Coastal Vistas: Wildlife
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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 . . .
5. Coastal Vistas: Human Activities
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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 . . .
6. Wetland Loss and Restoration
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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 . . .
7. Visiting the Coast
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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 . . .
8. Conclusion: Tenacity 163
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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 . . .
Books and Other Resources to Enhance Your Wetland
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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 . . .
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Page Count: 208
Illustrations: 182 color photos. 5 maps.
Publication Year: 2008
Series Title: Gulf Coast Books Series, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi