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Human impacts and development in the Mississippi River Basin

The following list contains resources describing how humans and development have impacted the areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.


Historic levees along Mississippi River.
Historic levees along Mississippi River. Details
  • Hurricane Impacts on the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Markets . This website contains official US energy statistics. The site provides reports summarizing Hurricane Katrina impacts on US oil and gas markets. The site contains shut-in statistics, Gulf oil and natural gas facts, price information, plus links to news, related data and references. (more info)
  • Making the Mississippi Over Again: The Development of River Control in Mississippi. This website is part of the Mississippi History Now web newspaper. The feature story discusses engineering of river control in the Mississippi. Topics discussed in the story include the need for river control, efforts to control the river, the 1927 flood and impacts on the environment. The story includes suggested readings and a lesson plan associated with the story. (more info)
  • The Mississippi River and Tributaries Project . This website, provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers, describes the Mississippi River Basin and the engineering history on the river and in the basin. Specific topics include a description of the flood project, main stem levees, floodways, channel improvement and stabilization, tributary improvements, old river control and navigation. The site also includes a map showing the location of levees along the Mississippi River. (more info)
  • World Wind. This site features World Wind 1.3, a NASA Learning Technologies application that lets the user zoom from any satellite altitude into any place on Earth. It features 3D Engine, Blue Marble, Landsat 7, SRTM, Animated Earth, MODIS, GLOBE, Country & State Borders, Place Names, Visual Tools and Landmark Set. The user can download World Wind, reference an online manual, post to an online forum, view screen shot examples from various satellites, and read press coverage about World Wind. (more info)