The Eastern Side of New Orleans •

The Eastern Side of New Orleans Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at the eastern side of New Orleans.

The east side of New Orleans is primarily rural and consists of several lakes, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maisson.

The area also contains several suburbs and the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, which is the largest refuge in the United States.

The city and Orleans Parish (Frenchparoisse d’Orléans) are coterminous. As of 2017, Orleans Parish is the third most-populous parish in Louisiana, behind East Baton Rouge Parish and neighboring Jefferson Parish. The city and parish are bounded by St. Tammany Parish and Lake Pontchartrain to the north, St. Bernard Parish and Lake Borgne to the east, Plaquemines Parish to the south, and Jefferson Parish to the south and west.

The city anchors the larger Greater New Orleans metropolitan area, which had an estimated population of 1,270,530 in 2019. Greater New Orleans is the most populous metropolitan statistical area in Louisiana and the 45th-most populous MSA in the United States

The region still has not fully recovered from Hurricane Katrina, which caused severe damage and abruptly stalled development.

This image was captured by an astronaut on board the International Space Station.

By Rory Arnold, Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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