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New Orleans, maybe I don't understand?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by divorced, Sep 3, 2005.

  1. divorced

    divorced 3/4 ton status

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    I never knew it until now that New Orleans was built under sea level. Am I missing something? Is under water maybe not the best place to have a city? Should they re-build it under water or maybe find somewhere else to build?

    In this article, scientists claim that New Orleans was doomed anyhow :o http://ask.yahoo.com/20041005.html
     
  2. 4by4bygod

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    My understanding is that NO was above sea level when it was first built, but has sunk over time.

    Tom
     
  3. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Much of the city is located below sea level between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, so the city is surrounded by levees. Until the early 20th century, construction was largely limited to the slightly higher ground along old natural river levees and bayous, since much of the rest of the land was swampy and subject to frequent flooding. This gave the 19th century city the shape of a crescent along a bend of the Mississippi, the origin of the nickname The Crescent City. In the 1910s engineer and inventor A. Baldwin Wood enacted his ambitious plan to drain the city, including large pumps of his own design which are still used. All rain water must be pumped up to the canals which drain into Lake Pontchartrain. Wood's pumps and drainage allowed the city to expand greatly in area. However, pumping of groundwater from underneath the city has resulted in subsidence. The subsidence greatly increased the flood risk, should the levees be breached or precipitation be in excess of pumping capacity (as was the case in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina). There were many warnings in the late 20th century that a major hurricane or a Mississippi flood could create a lake in the central city as much as 9 m (30 ft) deep, which could take months to pump dry.
     
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    Alllllright, where'd you copy and pase from, bucko? :D
     
  5. diesel4me

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    interesting article...

    A guy on Rhonda Vincent's message board from alabama posted a link to a very prophetic article on New Orleans and its impending disaster if a level 5 hurricane ever hit there--its from the October 2004 issue of National Geographic--its almost a word for word description of what just occured,its eeirie its so close!--and they warned the government not to cut funding for the levees and other hurricane proofing,but as we now know,they didn't listen--can't say they weren't warned!.. :doah: :( :crazy:
     
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    Me thinks they need some of them blown Chevy motors on them pumps to keep up wit that dam levy brake, doont you? :crazy: :pimp:
     
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    Wikipedia :D
     
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    I figgered so... Wikipedia rocks the world!!!!!! :bow:
     
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    A guy at work say they ought to put a giant dome over it and link the out-lying areas with human Habi-Trails.
     
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    well if i was going to rebuild, id put my house on stilts
     

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