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steam_cannon wrote:The primary danger to the US Economy with the river changing course into the Atchafalaya is it's steeper run, steeper to the extent that it would not be good for running barges up it. The Mississippi is still used for a great deal of shipping goods in and out of the United States. So shutting down access to it would also close up a highly cost effective method of shipping goods in and out of the United States.
dohboi wrote:The thing is that there is a real risk that the enormous force of the water will undermine the foundations of the sluices and gateways, as seems to have started to happen last time they had to do this. If a gateway washes out, there is no easy way to stop the Mississippi from forming a new route to the sea, leaving BR, NO and all the refineries and other infrastructure built around that water corridor stranded.
Apparently, many engineers and geologist in the region think this is an inevitability at some point.
Am I missing something? I assume this is a temporary solution. That once the flood waters recede in a month or two that the hole will be plugged up and the Mississippi will be back to its normal transportation state.
TheDude wrote:I'm fascinated by geology, especially that of the Neogene - that which finished up the landscape we see about us.
dohboi wrote:Well, it IS a rain forest
dohboi wrote:Wiscur (is he still around?) is doing the wise thing by raising a wide variety of types of each crop each of which thrives in a wide variety of climactic conditions.
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