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The Mississippi River is the chief river of the largest drainage system in North America. Flowing entirely in the United States (though its drainage basin reaches into Canada), it rises in northern Minnesota and meanders slowly southwards for 2,530 miles (4,070 km) to the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 31 US states and 2 Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth longest and tenth largest river in the world. The river either borders or cuts through the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.


Native Americans long lived along the Mississippi and its tributaries. Most were hunter-gatherers or herders, but some, such as the Mound builders, formed prolific agricultural societies. The arrival of Europeans in the 1500s changed the native way of life as first explorers, then settlers, ventured into the basin in increasing numbers. The river served first as barrier – forming borders for New Spain, New France, and the early United States – then as vital transportation artery and communications link. In the 19th century, during the height of Manifest Destiny, the Mississippi and several western tributaries, most notably the Missouri, formed pathways for the western expansion of the United States.


Formed from thick layers of this river's silt deposits, the Mississippi River Valley is one of the most fertile agricultural regions of the country, which resulted in the river's storied steamboat era. During the American civil war, the Mississippi's capture by Union forces marked a turning point towards victory because of the river's importance as a route of trade and travel, not least to the Confederacy. Because of substantial growth of cities and the larger ships and barges that supplanted riverboats, the decades following the 1900s saw the construction of massive engineering works such as levees, locks and dams, often built in combination.


Since modern development of the basin began, the Mississippi has also seen its share of pollution and environmental problems – most notably large volumes of agricultural runoff, which has led to the gulf of Mexico dead zone off the Delta. In recent years, the river has shown a steady shift towards the Atchafalaya River channel in the Delta; a course change would prove disastrous to seaports such as New Orleans. A system of dikes and gates has, so far, held the Mississippi at bay but, due to fluvial processes, the shift becomes more likely each year.

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Muscatine, Iowa - sodium hydroxide was sprayed into the Mississippi River on Monday, Oct. 24, after a leak in a transfer pipe was discovered.
However, two Great White Sharks have managed to survive the trip and make their way up the Mississippi River somehow. Believed to have started as a mating couple, the two are assumed to have swam the 920 mile journey from the mouth of the Mississippi ...

Moments later the dog began picking up a scent along the riverbank in the 600 block of Riverside Avenue North. At about 10:00 p.m.
We're getting a better look at plans for a new outdoor amphitheater along the Mississippi River in North Minneapolis. Its part of city efforts to redevelop an old industrial site called the Upper harbor Terminal.
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An emergency responder is helped aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat Monday morning during joint training involving personnel with the riverboat, Hannibal Fire Department and Marion County Ambulance District.

The motor vessel Blake Denton of Marquette Transportation pushes a tow Monday down the Mississippi River across from Trail of Tears State Park in Jackson.
(La Crescent, MN) -- A four-year construction project is complete and the Dresbach Bridge over the Mississippi River is open to traffic.
FORRESTON - The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society will host a birding trip to the Mississippi River from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29.
On Saturday, Oct. 15, more than 60 volunteers from Flint Hills Resources, Friends of the Mississippi River, and Great River Greening teamed up to remove invasive species such as buckthorn from the Pine Bend Bluffs, one of the largest natural areas in ...
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER, IL (KTVI) - Some much-needed flood relief is coming today for people in Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois. Officials will break ground today on repairs to the Mississippi River levee. The village doesn't have the money needed for repairs, ...
A drive the through the Mississippi River Valley now features brilliant fall colors, and a short distance east of Ferryville, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy has ensured 189 acres of scenic bluffland will remain intact for future generations.
One of the biggest happenings of the weekend is the opening of the Big River Crossing, the new public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River alongside the historic Harahan Bridge. With international buzz about this new addition to Memphis, the ...
"This is the only four-star boat on the Mississippi River," said Louisiane Cruise Historian Christopher Tidmore. "This is every amenity possible, all inclusive, from Hermes bath products to 24-hour room service.
ALTON - Dignitaries from around the region gathered Wednesday morning at the National Great Rivers Museum for the roll-out of the National Geographic Society's new Mississippi River tourism website. The website ...
They gathered Wednesday at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton to celebrate the launch of the Mississippi River Geotourism MapGuide, a website that highlights river towns, attractions and businesses.
Baton Rouge area lawmakers took turns Tuesday spelling out area road and bridge woes - calling a new bridge over the Mississippi River the top priority. "There has been no major infrastructure going east and west and north and south in over 40 years," ...

Winona County authorities were back on the Mississippi River Monday, looking for a missing Winona State University student last seen more than a week ago.
Traffic congestion has become a "cancer" in the Baton Rouge area, and a new bridge across the Mississippi River is the top need, the leader of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber said Friday.
Heath Kelsey of the University of Maryland explains the "report card" issued last year by America's Watershed Initiative that gave the Upper Mississippi River an overall "C" in six areas. Kelsey was the keynote Thursday speaker at the Upper River ...
The ninth annual Upper Mississippi River Conference is responding to the first ever report card for the Mississippi River. The river's overall grade was a D+. The grade comes from America's Watershed Initiative, a group dedicated to studying and ...
The Mississippi River travel site is the 20th geotourism project National Geographic has created. Taylor says it's meant to be a one-stop-shop for tourists.
Join the Facilities recycling Team and the Sustainability Club for the annual Mississippi River cleanup this Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m.
"Since January of this year, the Mississippi River Valley has sustained numerous environmental and weather-related events that have incurred costs up to $10 billion," said Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn.
Get a glimpse of Mississippi River watershed issues and how a League of women Voters group is getting involved during a presentation at 1 p.m.
The search for a missing Winona state student is now focusing on the Mississippi River. Dive teams have been on the river since last Tuesday, looking for 19-year-old Ben Onyeaghala.
One of the biggest happenings of the weekend is the opening of the Big River Crossing, the new public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi River alongside ...
On Saturday, Oct. 15, more than 60 volunteers from Flint Hills Resources, Friends of the Mississippi River, and Great River Greening teamed up to remove invasive species such as buckthorn from the Pine Bend Bluffs, one of the largest natural areas in ...
Top transportation and elected officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin celebrated the completion of a new Mississippi River crossing Friday.
A drive the through the Mississippi River Valley now features brilliant fall colors, and a short distance east of Ferryville, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy has ensured 189 acres of scenic bluffland will remain intact for future generations.
Nearly 100 years ago, wagons and pedestrians could cross the Mississippi River between Arkansas and Memphis on two lanes of the Harahan Bridge.
Two old men challenge Old Man River. That is what former Livingston Daily managing editor Mike Malott once said he would have titled an article about his ...
New Orleans -- Want to step out of the fast lane, and enjoy life on the Mississippi River?
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER, IL (KTVI) - Some much-needed flood relief is coming today for people in Prairie Du Rocher, Illinois. Officials will break ground today on repairs to the Mississippi River levee. The village doesn't have the money needed for repairs, ...
ALTON - Dignitaries from around the region gathered Wednesday morning at the National Great Rivers Museum for the roll-out of the National Geographic Society's new Mississippi River tourism website. The website ...
Positioned between two levees approximately 6000 ft (1829 m) apart, the construction of a 345-kV, double-circuit river crossing over the Mississippi River inundated Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois with challenges. As part of a portfolio of ...
A close-up of a leaf found along Mississippi River Boulevard in St. Paul on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016. Fall colors in the Twin Cities metro were peaking at the start of week, and many trees had already begun to lose their leaves.
There is a piece of Mississippi History hidden in the undergrowth that is in the process of coming back alive. It is the old Mississippi River Basin Model once used by the Corp of engineers to predict flooding on the Mississippi River. But over the ...
Local community leaders say a new website devoted to the Mississippi River will boost tourism up and down the river. They gathered Wednesday at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton to celebrate the launch of the Mississippi River Geotourism ...
Downtown Minneapolis club is part of a group with plans for an amphitheater at an all-new Upper harbor.
NATCHEZ - A hot-air balloon that got the attention of Donald Trump Jr. landed in controversy at the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race. The red, white and blue balloon was emblazoned with the words "Make America Great Again," the campaign slogan of ...
Baton Rouge area lawmakers took turns Tuesday morning spelling out area road and bridge woes, and called a new bridge over the Mississippi River the top priority. "There has been no major infrastructure going east and west and north and south in over ...
Winona County authorities were back on the Mississippi River Monday, looking for a missing Winona State University student last seen more than a week ago.
When balloonmeister Bill Cunningham congratulated the 2016 Spirit of Steckler award winner, the longtime Great Mississippi River Balloon Race volunteer said it was "very undeserved." Read more | Add your comment ...
Hot-air balloons did not fly Sunday, but pilots treated balloon festival goers to one last sight of the colorful airships. The balloons were inflated during the last hours of the festival.
THOMSON - The Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge will host a bald eagle photo contest for the 2017 Clinton Bald Eagle Watch.
Winona-area law enforcement continued searching for the man who went missing in Winona a week ago Friday, using divers in the Mississippi River to focus on ...
Traffic congestion has become a "cancer" in the Baton Rouge area, and a new bridge across the Mississippi River is the top need, the leader of the Baton Rouge ...
People attending the Upper Mississippi River Conference this week in Moline came up with 21 suggestions to improve, or "raise the grade," of the Mississippi ...
Now, he's steadily making his way down the Mississippi River in his lime green kayak - 33 miles each day - as he travels from state to state, spotting birds in the day and finding islands to sleep on at night.


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