If there were any doubts, Hurricane Katrina put them to rest. But now  comes evidence that the Bayou State is not just sinking but slipping –sliding at a glacial pace into the Gulf of Mexico.

According to a report released last month by the American Geophysical Union, the coastal bedrock is breaking away at roughly 1 inch a year.

Scientific report that the southward movement is triggered by deep underground faults slipping under the weight of sediment dumped by the Mississippi River.

The movement is confined to an area about 250 miles long and 180 miles wide.


U.S.NEWS & WORLD REPORT, January 15, 2007