Knowledge is Power!
Louisiana’s coast is one of the most dynamic and interesting coasts in the world. This coastal zone is home to thousands of animal and plant species, as well as human communities and vast industrial holdings. But for all their bounty, the wetlands are disappearing at an alarmingly high rate. Every 38 minutes, a football field sized parcel of Louisiana's wetlands is taken over by water. The recent oil spill has become an addition to Louisiana’s coastal problems and action must be taken now to conserve, preserve and protect America’s southern coast. With so much going on, there is much to learn and be made aware of. Below, teachers and students will find a plethora of information with the goal to both inform and inspire knowledge and action in the youth of Louisiana, the United States of America, and internationally. Links for educational resources from other active coastal and state sites are located at the very bottom of the page.
Restoration - Returning ecosystems and habitats to their previous, or better conditions. Using human and natural resources to re-establish the natural working order in a wildlife and/or social community, like Louisiana's.
Conservation - The supervision of natural resourses, like rivers, forests, beaches and wetlands. Combining protection and restoration with the effort to preserve or save.
Protection - Coastal, Shore, and Sea. Measures aimed at protecting the coast against coastline retreat, storm surge and flooding, as well as habitats and ecosystems.
Coastline - This is the line that forms the boundary between the coast and the shore, or between land and water. This measurement is taken by counting the miles of coast that borders a large body of water, leaving out the the minute measurements that are depicted through the amount of shoreline. Louisiana has nearly 400 miles of coastline.
Shoreline - Not as easy to identify as the coastline, the shoreline depicts the intersection between the average high water line and the shore. This measurement is taken by counting the miles of shore along and intruding into the landmass, taking in to account every nook and cranny. In contrast to the amount of coastline miles, there is in fact 7,721 miles of shoreline in Louisiana, all of which border the Gulf of Mexico and the rivers and lakes that feed her.
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