By: Becca Anselme
Why is New Orleans sinking?
Satellite images and observations show that New Orleans is sinking at a rate of 1 inch every year. As the years continue to go by, around 2,000 square miles of the land has been covered by water. The land has been sinking increasingly over the past 80 years caused by tectonic plates that have been shifting around, oil draining, ground water pumping, and weaker sediments.
How has Hurricane Katrina affected the land?
What movements have caused New Orleans to sink?
How has Hurricane Katrina affected the sinking of the land, and where people live?
After Hurricane Katrina, many people have experienced the loss of their homes and land. Over 50,000 homes had been destroyed and it is estimated that by 2095, New Orleans will be entirely under water. The city planner states that over 50,000 more homes will have to be bulldozed, and others will mostly be uninhabitable. After everyone's homes was destroyed, no one wanted to risk rebuilding if it was going to get knocked down later in the future.
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