New Orleans Sinking

Contest Info

  • Started: 6/2/2006 06:10
  • Ended: 6/4/2006 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 21
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
New Orleans Sinking
Contest Directions: With the recent "hurricane season" warnings from the government, already sinking New Orleans faces another danger of flooding. In this contest you are asked to show how New Orleans adjusts to "underwater life" by chopping everyday (or rare) situations happening underwater.

Contest Info

    • Started: 6/2/2006 06:10
    • Ended: 6/4/2006 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 21
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
This gallery only contains our top 13 selections from its parent contest New Orleans Sinking?. All 21 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • New Orleans Football Helmet Underwater

    New Orleans Football Helmet Underwater
  • New Orleans Blues Underwater

    New Orleans Blues Underwater
  • Man Playing the Tuba Underwater in New Orleans

    Man Playing the Tuba Underwater in New Orleans
  • Andrew Jackson Statue Underwater

    Andrew Jackson Statue Underwater
  • Baby Riding a Sea Turtle

    Baby Riding a Sea Turtle
  • Dolphin Playing the Tuba Underwater

    Dolphin Playing the Tuba Underwater
  • Shark Attacks in New Orleans Flood

    Shark Attacks in New Orleans Flood
  • New Orleans Underwater with Fish

    New Orleans Underwater with Fish
  • Man Playing Piano Underwater

    Man Playing Piano Underwater
  • New Orleans Man Snorkling in New Orleans

    New Orleans Man Snorkling in New Orleans
  • Underwater Mardi Gras Girls in New Orleans

    Underwater Mardi Gras Girls in New Orleans
  • Scuba Diving in New Orleans

    Scuba Diving in New Orleans
  • Scuba Diving with Fish in New Orleans

    Scuba Diving with Fish in New Orleans
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This contest is fueled by the following news: For years, everyone has realized that New Orleans is a sinking city. Recent research indicates that parts of the city may in fact be sinking even at a faster rate that scientists originally surmised. The rapid sinking in certain areas of New Orleans may help to explain, in part, why some of the levees failed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The sinking issue naturally raises serious issues for the future. The research regarding the sinking of New Orleans was reported in the journal "Nature" and is based on new satellite radar data for the three years before Katrina struck the Louisiana city. The data demonstrate that some parts of the are sinking four or five times faster than other areas. Experts indicate that this is a deadly proposition. Lead author Tim Dixon, a University of Miami geophysicist, indicated that the low lying areas are death traps. He stated that he does not believe these areas should be rebuilt. He said that the blame for this sinking phenomenon includes overdevelopment, drainage issues and naturally occuring seismic shifts. Historically, scientists estimated that New Orleans was sinking at the rate of 1/5 of an inch per year. The new data, based on 150,000 measurements (as opposed to 100 previously) finds that about 10 to 20 percent of the ciry is sinking at the rate of 1 inch per year. As the ground continues to sink, protection from levees fails because they were not constructed to compensate for the sinking itself. Gene Pawlik, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, indicated that the situation certainly is an engineering challenge.
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