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Image Caption: Morgan City Louisiana and the lower Atchafalaya River
area. The Atchafalaya River is where the Mississippi River would like
to form its new mouth. It is 300 kilometers closer to the gulf than
the current mouth. Currently the Army Corps of Engineers is working
above Baton Rouge to prevent this from occurring. #0 per cent of the
Mississippi basin sediment is being channeled down the Atchafalaya
River and is forming new deltas. The very straight waterway going
South from Morgan City was dug because the lower river was too
difficult to dredge because of the sediment flow. A delta is now
forming at its mouth also.