Down the Mississippi River from Source to Sea

The source of the Mississippi River, Lake Itasca, is a spring-fed bowl-shaped basin of lakes and bogs deep in the pine forests of northern Minnesota. The Headwaters of the Mississippi River can be a crowded place, especially in summer, but the surrounding area can be surprisingly tranquil. Bear still roam wild; gray wolves bay

By | 2018-02-08T13:22:26+00:00 April 21st, 2011|Mississippi River Facts|4 Comments

Floods Along the Mississippi River

High water along the Mississippi (as well as periods of very low water) is part of the river’s natural cycle and a necessary one to sustain the variety of life in its ecosystem and to replenish ground water. In most years, river levels peak in spring with runoff from melting snow and early spring

By | 2018-02-08T13:23:43+00:00 March 11th, 2011|Mississippi River Facts|4 Comments

Plant and Animal Life Along the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River cuts a thousand mile path through the middle of the U.S., running through a variety of climates and micro-climates. In spite of this, there’s a lot of similarity in the types of plants and animals that live in or near the river. While you may not see Spanish moss in Minnesota,

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Mississippi River Geology

The Mississippi River begins in northern Minnesota and travels about 2,350 miles before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. Thirty percent of its length is in Minnesota. Measurements of the river’s length vary depending upon when they were taken. Before the river was channelized for navigation, the Mississippi would regularly cut new paths and abandon

By | 2018-02-08T13:25:53+00:00 March 5th, 2011|Mississippi River Facts|2 Comments

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