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Louisiana's Vanishing Wetlands: Going, Going ...

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Science  15 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5486, pp. 1860-1863
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5486.1860

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An ambitious $14 billion plan known as Coast 2050 attempts to protect more than 10,000 square kilometers of Louisiana's wetlands, which are disappearing at a rate of up to 90 square kilometers per year, one of the highest rates of land loss in the world. But a number of unanswered scientific questions swirl around the plan. And it could run afoul of powerful interests in the shipping, petroleum, and fishing industries.