Houses on Sand

As the crest of the Mississippi’s flooding rolls southward, I notice that a lot of people are linking to the piece The Control of Nature: Atchafalaya, which was published in the New Yorker and adapted from John McPhee’s book, also titled The Control of Nature.  I strongly recommend it; McPhee does a beautiful job of showing how vital a vulnerable piece of hydrological engineering called the Old River Control Structure is to the way people live in southern Louisiana.

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