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Aug 4, 2011 9:57 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Dokka, pioneering Louisiana scientist, dies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana State University geologist who shed light on how forces deep under the ground are behind coastal Louisiana's land loss and sinking has died.
LSU officials confirmed that Roy Dokka died Monday. He was 59.
Dokka was known for questioning the science underpinning much of Louisiana's massive and urgent coastal restoration plans. He complained that large-scale plans were moving forward even though many of the processes causing devastating land loss and subsidence in coastal Louisiana were, according to him, not acknowledged.
Coastal Louisiana, the home of New Orleans, is at the center of a robust scientific and socio-political debate about sea level rise, flooding and the future of one of the nation's most important port and oil regions and Dokka's work was considered important in that debate.

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