Chapter 2: Lecture: Forming the Landscape

In this class we discuss how the Mississippi River Deltaic Plain of southeastern Louisiana formed, and its exceptional nature as a river-dominated data. We continue with the geology, soils, hydrology, and topography of great New Orleans, using detailed thematic maps. The lecture then traces the origins of our coastal erosion, soil subsidence, and sea level rise crises, and illustrates the consequences using hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, and Isaac to illustrate. The class concludes with a discussion of coastal restoration, risk reduction, and the future viability of New Orleans.

Readings:
Lewis, "Axioms of the Landscape"
Lynch, "The Image of a City"
Getis and Getis, Introduction to Geography (2007, selections)
Campanella, Bienville's Dilemma (2008, selection).