April 19, 2006

Bush Blamed for Landslides

Well, perhaps not yet, but you know it's coming:

New Orleans is at the top end of what looks like a gigantic, slow-moving landslide, according to geologists who have been carefully studying the ground movements in the area...

"Not only is southern Louisiana sinking, it's sliding," said geologist Roy Dokka of Louisiana State University.

Like a smaller landslide on the side of a hill, the huge Southern Louisiana landslide has a "headwall" where the slide is breaking away and a "toe" out in the Gulf where the debris from the slide is piling up, Dokka explained. The only difference from a traditional landslide is that this one is far, far larger and it's buried under lots of wet sediments, so it requires very accurate survey measurements to detect it.

The city and an adjoining section of Mississippi are collapsing into the Gulf of Mexico at an ever-increasing rate of speed.

Gulf Coast resident and Hurricane Katrina survivor Seawitch reveals this and other research showing a geologic disaster occurring along the Michoud Fault that runs under New Orleans, including the specific points where the levees were breached during Hurricane Katrina.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 19, 2006 05:04 PM | TrackBack

So the question is, will it fall into the sea, or will global warming cause the sea to swamp it first? I'm taking bets.

Posted by: Alexander Wolfe at April 20, 2006 03:39 PM

There's a reason that the area is called a Delta!

It is a foolish man that builds his house upon the sand!

Posted by: Ray at April 20, 2006 03:53 PM

This has been known since the 1930's! The Corps of Engineers built the Atchalafaya Lock on the Mississippi River to prevent the river from changing course to the western end of the delta via the Atchafalaya River (really just a branch of the Mississippi). Delta sunsidence has been a well understood phenomenon. Ask the Dutch, or the Egyptians.


Posted by: chsw10605 at April 20, 2006 04:26 PM