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The Geology of the Mississippi Delta

Classic reports on geology of the Mississippi River and Delta

Humphreys, A. A., & Abbot, H. L. (1861). Report upon the physics and hydraulics of the Mississippi river: Upon the protection of the alluvial region against overflow; and upon the deepening of the mouths ... Submitted to the Bureau of Topographical Engineers, War Department, 1861. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co.

Fisk, H.N., 1944, Geological investigation of the alluvial valley of the lower Mississippi River: U.S. Department of the Army, Mississippi River Commission, 78p.

Fisk, Harold Norman. Geological investigation of the Atchafalaya Basin and the problem of Mississippi River diversion. Waterways Experiment Station, 1952.

Roger T Saucier, Recent geomorphic history of the Pontchartrain Basin, Louisiana, (1962).

James M Coleman & Lynn D Wright, Analysis of Major River Systems and Their Deltas: Procedures and Rationale, with Two Examples., (1971).

Moore, Norman R. Improvement of the lower Mississippi River and tributaries, 1931-1972. Vicksburg, Miss.: Mississippi River Commission, 1972.

Kazmann, Raphael Gabriel, and David B Johnson. “If the Old River Control Structure Fails?” (1980).

Saucier, R. T., 1994, Geomorphology and Quaternary Geologic History of the Lower Mississippi Valley: U. S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Map - Quaternary Geology of The Lower Mississippi Valley, Louisiana Geological Survey, 1989.

Louis D Britsch & E Burton Kemp III, Land loss rates: Mississippi River Deltaic Plain (1990).

Joseph B Dunbar, Louis D Britsch & EB Kemp III, Land Loss Rates. Report 2. Louisiana Chenier Plain (1990).

Joseph B Dunbar, LD Britsch & E Burton Kemp, Land loss rates. Report 3. Louisiana Coastal Plain (1992).

Garrison, L. E., and Ray G. Martin. Geologic Structures in the Gulf of Mexico Basin. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off, 1973.

Kathy Haggar - The Geology of Goose Point and the Effects of Faults on Louisiana Coastal Wetlands Loss

Chris McLindon, The Delta Cycle - Annotated slides illustrating the delta cycle.

Video of a presentation by Prof. Edward Richards to the LSU Mineral Law Institute on the delta cycle and the coastal erosion lawsuit. (1.3gb file)

Paul V. Heinrich, Review of the Engineering Geology of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. 15 LouPaul V. Heinrich, Review of the Engineering Geology of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. 15 Louisiana Geological Survey 6 (at 6) Dec 2005.

Gagliano, S. M., E. B. Kemp, K. M. Wicker, and K. S. Wiltenmuth. Active Geological Faults and Land Change in Southeastern Louisiana. Prepared for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, Contract No. DACW 29-00-C-0034 (2003) Executive Summary

Sherwood M. Gagliano, Effects of Geological Faults on Levee Failures in South Louisiana. Testimony of Sherwood M. Gagliano, Ph.D.1 Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, November 17, 2005 Washington, D.C.

*Roy K. Dokka, The Anatomy of a Silent Disaster: Ongoing Subsidence and Inundation of the Northern Margin of the Gulf of Mexico Basin An Interview with Dr. Roy Dokka. Houston Geological Society Bulletin, Feb. 2005.

*John R. Suter, The Role of the Mississippi in Deltaic Research: Contributions of James M. Coleman, Harry H. Roberts, and P. Shea Penland. Search and Discovery Article #40598 (2010) Posted September 30, 2010.

*Roy K. Dokka, Subsidence of South Louisiana: Measurement, Causes, and Human Implications. Luncheon Presentation, New Orleans Geological Society, Oct. 9th, 2006.

*Roy K. Dokka, Louisiana's Coast is on life-support. Can the Coast be Saved? An August 26th, 2010 Presentation to the LSU Law School.

*Roy K. Dokka, The role of deep processes in late 20th century subsidence of New Orleans and coastal areas of southern Louisiana and Mississippi. 116 Journal of Geophysical Research B06403, 1 (2011).

*Kurt D. Shinkle and Roy K. Dokka, Rates of Vertical Displacement at Benchmarks in the Lower Mississippi Valley and the Northern Gulf Coast. NOAA TECHNICAL REPORT NOS/NGS 50. July, 2004

 

 

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