The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest swamp in the United States, and home to the majority of the country's coastal cypresses. Unlike the Everglades, though, Atchafalaya is a working swamp—large access canals for oil and gas exploration criss-cross the swamp's bayous and rivers. Sediment deposition has filled natural bayous, further degrading the Basin. Indeed, no other swamp in the world has as much oil and gas access canal construction as Atchafalaya.

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