Tuesday, August 30, 2005

New Orleans flooded: science and history meet up

Like many people, I've been glued to the news over the past couple of days as Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. My heart goes out to all of those people whose lives have been irrevocably altered by Katrina's passing. There have been a number of good articles on the human catastrophe, and a few articles on the science of hurricanes, but I wanted to draw your attention to this one, in today's New York Times,After Centuries of 'Controlling' Land, Gulf Learns Who's the Boss. It's about the reasons that New Orleans was set up to be devastated by a hurricane, how it came to be lying 4 feet below sea level and only protected by an intricate series of levees, canals, and pumps. The reasons are that wonderful mix of scientific, economic, and historical, that makes a solution so difficult to acheive. So even though some are calling this, "America's tsunami" don't expect any real changes anytime soon.

2 comments:

ScienceWoman said...

I found this blog being kept during the Hurricane: http://hurricaneupdate.blogspot.com/

ScienceWoman said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/opinion/30tue1.html

Another commentary on the same topic as the as the main post.