Geomorphology

Flood-built land

The southeastern US coastline is under threat as land subsides and sea level rises. Measurements of the 2011 Mississippi River flood suggest that the river carries enough sandy sediment to offset some of this coastal drowning.

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Figure 1: An Aqua MODIS satellite image taken on 17 May during the 2011 Mississippi River flood.

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Kim, W. Flood-built land. Nature Geosci 5, 521–522 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo1535

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