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Aerial view of the Mississippi River Delta | Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images
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Mississippi Delta Land Loss Is Likely to Outstrip Restoration Effort

Diverting water from the Mississippi River will help rebuild deteriorating Gulf Coast marshlands, but not enough to outpace what is lost each year.

Zhixiong Shen (left) and Elizabeth Chamberlain (right) collect a sample for optical dating along Bayou Lafourche in Louisiana, an abandoned course of the Mississippi River. | Anjali Fernandes