Louisiana Cemeteries Sliding Into the Sea

Fishing for their dinner, herons stand on the flooded remnants of graves by the shore at the abandoned cemetery of Leeville, La. Sea levels at this location have risen four or five feet in the last 100 years; the town was abandoned in the early 1900s after destructive hurricanes flooded the location.

Stretches of the road connecting the mainland with critical oil-industry facilities in Fourchon, La., run level with the rising ocean.

Other stretches of road have been elevated on pilings, reinforced to withstand not just floodwaters, but impacts from disabled vessels that might collide with the structure during a storm.

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