Facts About the Mississippi River

How long is the Mississippi River? Where does the Mississippi River start? How deep is it? What kinds of fish and animals can you find along the Mississippi River? Scan through the posts in this section for answers to these questions and more.

The Mississippi River Headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minnesota

River Geology

How long is the Mississippi? Where does it start? This post answers your questions about the basic geology of the Mississippi River.

Bald Eagle flying under a blue sky

Plant and Animal Life Along the Mississippi River

From bald eagles to pallid sturgeons, this post describes the common plants and animals that inhabit the Mississippi River.

A row of sandbags protecting a building during a Mississippi River flood

Mississippi River Floods

Flooding is a natural part of a river’s cycle; read about the major floods that have impacted the places along the Mississippi River.

A group of people enjoy a panoramic view of the Mississippi River at Memphis

Life Along the Mississippi River

Here’s a brief introduction to the Mississippi River, following it from north to south.

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