Swamped city: New Orleans and nature

so provide an educational experience for kids in the city who can't get out to see things like the Atchafalaya basin."

He added that there are now more than 20,000 acres of federally protected wetlands within the city limits.

In addition to the history of the city's flood control and wetland efforts, the book also addresses the larger topic of how nature and the environment play an important role in how cities function and take shape. Colten said that this is an idea geographers have often overlooked when it comes to their study of cities.

"One of the central tenets of geographers for many years is that cities were simply human environments, devoid of the natural environment," said Colten. "However, in the case of New Orleans, there was a constant interaction with the environment every major effort in the city had to do with the environment in some way, shape or form."


Contact: Rob Anderson
Louisiana State University

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