Astronaut on board ISS captured the Mississippi River Delta. As introduced with No. 809, the water level of Mississippi River has been high for the past year before the Hurricane Barry landed on Louisiana.

Credit: NASA

The Mississippi River Delta is the vast river delta at the confluence of the Mississippi River with the Gulf of Mexico, in Louisiana. As the birthplace of jazz, the delta provides an array of natural habitats and resources that benefit the entire nation. The coastal wetlands have a number of diverse landscapes that connect a variety of habitats to both the land and water. Louisiana’s wetlands are one of the nation’s most productive and important natural assets. Consisting of natural levees, barrier islands, forests, swamps, and fresh, brackish and saline marshes, the region is home to complex ecosystems and habitats that are necessary for sustaining its unique and vibrant nature. The Mississippi River Delta has a strong economy which relies heavily on tourism and recreational activities such as fishing, hunting and wildlife watching as well as commercial fishing, oil, gas, and shipping industries.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.


Reference: Long View of the Mississippi River Delta (NASA Earth Observatory)
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