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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Environmental Factors

 
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Bayou Coquille was once a distributary of the Mississippi River. It's now a sleepy little bayou, often covered with aquatic plants. Will environmental factors like flood control and climate change turn it into a swamp, a marsh, or a coastline?

Any environment is a living thing that changes daily with the weather, the birth or death of plants and animals, and a thousand other factors. South Louisiana is no exception: rising sea levels, subsiding (sinking) land, human interactions, and new species all have an effect on the land and its inhabitants.

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A hungry Louisianan peels crawfish.

Although there are over 250 species of North American crawfish, Louisiana’s annual 100-million-pound, $50 million harvest consists mainly of two species. There are a lot of ways to eat crawfish: crawfish etouffee, crawfish pie, crawfish stew, boiled crawfish, crawfish beignets, crawfish bread.....