Hurricane Katrina & Rita


Both of these hurricanes caused severe damage to 320 million trees, more than any other recorded disaster in modern American history.  The satellite images from NOAA show the green vegetation before the storm (left image) and post-storm (right image) detailing the dead vegetation, wood and surface litter.  Two-thirds of the trees died soon after the storm.  The damage was caused initially by the extreme winds but it was exacerbated by standing salt water that in some cases lasted for weeks. 

Courtesy: NOAA                                                                                                                        East of New Orleans between Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Borgne

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