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Old 10-03-2009, 01:53 AM
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I've been goofing around with Google Earth lately, and I've noticed something curious.

The area just 5 miles south-southwest of Port Sulphur looks like what I think is marsh, but there are very distinct channels cut through this area, and scattered bits of "something" out there.

Where did these "channels" come from, and who or what is out there?

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29°24'34.22"N
89°46'13.27"W

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They are called marsh people. ha!

I have a idea what it is. They are probably houses for commercial fishing. Here in Southeast NC we have places like varnemtown where there are "houses" on stilts built to be isolated because thats how the people are.

I have been in a couple of them and they are pretty cool.

Now about the channels. Who knows. I imagine they show up like crop circles.
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didn't check out the coords you posted but the "channels" are probably canals cut by the oil industry to service well heads in the marsh. There are thousands of them in our marshes and they have become one of our most prevalent sources of coastal errosion.
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Originally Posted by Back-in-Black View Post
didn't check out the coords you posted but the "channels" are probably canals cut by the oil industry to service well heads in the marsh. There are thousands of them in our marshes and they have become one of our most prevalent sources of coastal errosion.
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While you're messing around with your sat. views, check if the Wagon Wheel is still visable south of Venice, LA. It may have disappeared due to erosion from storms, etc. But it was dug to offer well locations for drilling rigs. If it's still there, you'll quickly and easily recognize it.
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I just took a look at Google Maps and the Wagon Wheel is SW of Venice. What you are referring to SW of Port Sulphur is an area that was at one time solid salt marsh which was traversed by oil company canals which they dug to aid in transporting barge mounted rigs, supplies, crews, etc. The spoil was thrown off to the side of the canal. Since they were dug, the marsh has subsided and is almost open water. The scattered bits of land or islands you see are the spoil remains which were above the level of the surrounding marsh.
Hopefull, when you and others see this, they may realize that the talk of the disappearance of South Louisiana isn't all hype. I think the rate is a football field every 15 minutes. Do a search on Plaquemines Parish and subsidence etc. and take a look at what lower Plaquemines Parish (county) looked like years ago as compared to now. You're in for a shock!
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I live in a few miles north of Port Sulphur and fish the area regularly. The redfishing is awesome and winter trout fishing in those canals can be SPECKtacular. The main canals you see are Grand Bayou and the Freeport Sulphur canal, along with other numerous oilfield canals. You guys are right on about the erosion. I see it (or less of it) every year. It will all be open bays soon
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Originally Posted by Back-in-Black View Post
didn't check out the coords you posted but the "channels" are probably canals cut by the oil industry to service well heads in the marsh. There are thousands of them in our marshes and they have become one of our most prevalent sources of coastal errosion.

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