The Barataria Bay in Louisiana • Earth.com

Last update: January 18th, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Barataria Bay in Louisiana, which has lost an estimated 430 square miles of land between 1932 and 2016 as a result of both human disturbance and natural causes.

Both global warming and sea level rise have contributed to the dramatic changes. Guandong Li is a Tulane University geologist who recently published a study on sediment dynamics in Barataria Bay. He explained that rising waters have accelerated the rate of land loss in the bay by roughly 20 to 30 percent

The image was captured on October 2, 2020 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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