The Control of Nature Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What are some of the main points the author tries to make through this work of historical nonfiction?

The author points out that despite man's best efforts, nature is stronger and can thwart even the best plans. He reveals that humans often cause, inadvertently, destructive actions and disorder of the natural order of things. He also shows that money, power struggles, and conflicting interests can contribute to significant problems in places that are prone to dramatic changes from forces of nature.

2. What are some of the predominant problems in the regions populated near the Atchafalaya and Mississippi rivers?

The regions near the Atchafalaya and Mississippi rivers are prone to flooding. They are low-lying and full of swamps and bayous. The rivers shift course often, altering the landscape. This is a problem for the people who have settled and established large communities in southern Louisiana and also for the industries located there.

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