10 Things You Didn’t Know About Louisiana’s Swamps
The best way to learn about the Louisiana swamp is to experience it for yourself!
The best way to experience the swamp is on an airboat that glides over the bayou and gets you up close and personal with Louisiana wildlife.
Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Louisiana swamps to hold you over until then.
- Louisiana is home to three million acres of wetlands.
- Fishermen catch more shrimp in Louisiana than any other U.S. state.
- Alligators have existed for nearly 200 million years, and over two million wild alligators live in bayous across Louisiana.
- Louisiana’s cypress trees were used to construct Higgins boats in WWII.
- Louisiana land is washing away, due to erosion caused by the building of levees, drilling for oil and dredging canals, at the rate of a football field every hour.
- Louisiana’s wetlands too 7,000 years to form through a process called accretion in which the Mississippi River Basin flooded, depositing sediment and building land
- Louisiana has the longest coastline of any U.S. state because of bays and sounds.
- A swamp is an area that hold water and supports woody vegetation, while a marsh is an area that hold water but supports only non-woody, soft, green vegetation.
- The nutria was imported from South America in the 1930′s for fur farming.
- Swamps exist across every continent except Antarctica.