E. Louisiana, USA
Mississippi River Delta.
E. Louisiana, USA

E. Louisiana, USA

Courtesy of NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team

http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03432


This image includes the coastal areas Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and part of the Florida panhandle in the Gulf of Mexico. It covers an area of 345 km x 315 km. New Orleans is visible at the southern edge of Lake Pontchartrain, along the left-hand side.
The Mississippi River Delta, in the center, is called a bird's-foot delta because of it's distinctive shape. Variations in ocean color show the outflow of suspended sediment from the river and coastal areas to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Large amounts of land-derived sediments have been deposited in shallow coastal waters. These deltaic environments form a complex, interconnected web of estuarine channels and extensive coastal wetlands that provide important habitat for waterfowl and fisheries. The city of New Orleans is prone to flooding, with about 45% of the city situated at or below sea level. The city is protected by levees and wetlands which function as a buffer from storm surges.