|A floating Louisiana marshland. This wetland is characterized by thick mats of semi-floating grasses, sedges, rushes, and a few small shrubs and are important to alligators for hibernation|
|A Louisiana alligator found in a bayou.|
|The red area of the ocean indicates areas of low oxygen known as the dead zone. This dead zone is a result of water pollution brought into the gulf by the Mississippi River. Picture from Wikipedia.|
|Sediment pollution causing the dead zone (right side) next to oxygenated waters (left side).|
While I was only able to spend one day exploring these wetlands, it made me hungry to experience them more. These wetlands are an amazing place to which so many people, cultures, plants, birds, and animals call home. All of these different aspects are tied together forming the diversely rich creole culture. In the near future, I will be talking more about this creole culture with a post about a historic Mississippi river plantation.