29 May 2007

Aerials du Jour: Recent Images of New Orleans from Space

Long before Google Maps and Google Earth were introduced, the extensive catalog at NASA's fantastic The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth provided plenty opportunity for me to waste hours and hours while mesmerized by tens of thousands of photographic images of the planet. Some were taken from Space Shuttle missions and some from the International Space Station (ISS). Below are some recent shots of New Orleans (link will direct to origin page where high res version can be downloaded):

27 September 2007
The Missisippi River, Bayou Lafourche, Bayou Terrebonne, and
Bayou Teche Ridges all very apparent.

21 November 2006
The evident spoke pattern of streets of Uptown.
Ever notice Naploeon Avenue and Barataria Boulevard have
nearly identical alignment? Hmmmm.

26 February 2007
New earthwork can be seen along the levees along MRGO
and the Intracoastal Waterway in New Orleans East.

26 February 2007
Imagine the further extent of damage if New Orleans East's proposed Orleania mega-development had happened in the late 1960's/early 1970's. Only half of the acreage within the levee protection system in "the East" is currently developed.

18 November 2006
Look how wide MRGO appears in this oblique.
Not quite that wide when dug 40+ years ago.

11 Comments:

At May 30, 2007 4:36 PM, Blogger oyster said...

Great photos! I think the first one needs the date changed from 2007 to 2006, though.

 
At May 31, 2007 7:13 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

Beautiful stuff.

I notice you put "the East" in quotation marks. You should have also put "levee protection system" in quotation marks.

Or perhaps "levee" "protection" "system."

 
At May 31, 2007 7:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Levee Protection System = Oxymoron

 
At June 04, 2007 1:40 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Re: Napoleon and Barataria-remember the bridge proposed for that corridor as part of the Riverfront Expressway? I wonder if that had something to do with the alignment.

 
At June 15, 2007 9:55 PM, Blogger Tim said...

Looking at that 2006 photo, it's not the MRGO that I notice--it's Lake Borgne and the Gulf of Mexico I see. What you have there is a barn door-sized opening next to the mouse hole MRGO. It's pretty obvious where all that water came from.

Peace,

tim

 
At June 15, 2007 9:56 PM, Blogger Tim said...

I should specify: the 18 November 2006 photo.

Peace,

Tim

 
At June 23, 2007 10:25 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

If you get time, the world awaits your comments on the ACOE's recent maps.

 
At July 15, 2007 9:42 PM, Anonymous Schroeder said...

I once heard that more material was removed to create the MRGO than was removed to create the Panama Canal.

 
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