Louisiana is quickly dropping into the Gulf of Mexico

December 10, 2014 5:26 PM

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Over the past 80 years, at least 2,000 square miles of southeastern Louisiana's coastline have dropped off into the Gulf of Mexico—the equivalent of a football field-sized plot of land being swept away each hour, Scientific American reports.

Unless the state takes action, 1,750 more square miles could be lost over the next half-century, and New Orleans could be stranded on a thin strip of land in the Gulf by the year 2085, ProPublica reports.

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