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IMAX Film Highlights Importance of Wetlands

Hurricane Katrina was in the making long before it struck land in August of 2005. A new IMAX film tells the story of Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands and their role in buffering storms.

This story originally aired on 2/13/07.

The devastating Hurricane Katrina was simmering beneath the steamy surface of the swamp lands long before the storm reached land on August 29, 2005. A new IMAX film coming to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center tells the story of the vanishing wetlands and how they act as a buffer in a storm surge. On Full Focus , we learn of the environmental, economic, and recreational importance of these marshy places.

The film, Hurricane on the Bayou , deals with the impact of shrinking wetlands in Louisiana. But just what are wetlands? What is the human impact on San Diego's wetlands? What can you do to protect them?



  • Amanda Shaw , star of Hurricane on the Bayou ,16-year-old Cajun fiddle prodigy, Hurricane Katrina survivor and environmental activist for the disappearing Louisiana wetlands.
  •   Shara Fisler, founder and executive director of Aquatic Adventures which provides experiential learning to connect youth to science.