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Meanderings of the Missouri River through North Dakota – April 3rd, 2009

April 3rd, 2009 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

Missouri River, North Dakota, USA - March 28th, 2009

Missouri River, North Dakota, USA - March 28th, 2009

While the eastern part of North Dakota, USA, suffers from the flooding of the Red River, here, the Missouri River meanders across the state’s central farmlands of central. It is covered with snow and ice to the North, where temperatures are lower and a snow storm had recently blanketed the area with white powder.

To the South-east, with the exception of some ice on one bend, its waters are laden with brownish-green sediments. The wider section towards the middle is actually the Lake Oahe, the 4th largest man-made reservoir in the country.

The Missouri River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, and the longest river in the United States of America. The Missouri begins at the confluence of the Madison, Jefferson, and Gallatin rivers in Montana, and flows through its valley south and east into the Mississippi north of St. Louis, Missouri.

At 2,540 miles (4,090 km) in length, it drains about one-sixth of the North American continent. The Missouri in its original natural meandering state was the longest river in North America. Nearly 72 miles (116 km) of the river have been cut off in channeling and so it is now comparable in length to the Mississippi River.

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