|A Louisiana bayou in the Mississippi River Delta.|
A part from the sopping wet nature of southern Louisiana, the next most obvious feature is the perfectly flat nature of this landscape. This soaked flat landscape is a result of the Mississippi River reaching the Gulf of Mexico and depositing massive amounts of water and sediment as the river slows before dumping into the ocean. The Mississippi begins as a small clear stream at Lake Itasca in Northern Minnesota, which I have personally walked across in only a few short steps that only went up to my knees. Growing up, I also fished the Mississippi River in Iowa where it is a mighty and muddy river. Flowing southward, the river continues to grow in volume and accumulate more muddy sediments making it "The Big Muddy." All this water and mud however has to end up somewhere and is deposited in a delta entering the Gulf of Mexico in southern Louisiana. This deposition and delta forming process has been taking place for thousands of years since the end of the last ice age. The entirety of Southern Louisiana was at one time deposited by the Mississippi, and today, over one mile of sediment covers the underlying bedrock.
|Oak trees draped with Spanish Moss along a higher, drier portion on a bayou.|
|Baldcypress trees found in wetter portions of the wetland then the oaks.|