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Mississippi and Red Rivers Flowing to the Gulf of Mexico – January 1st, 2010

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January 1st, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Rivers

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The Mississippi River snakes its way southward towards the Gulf of Mexico, marking the border between the states of Louisiana (west) and Mississippi (east) as it goes. Also flowing toward the Gulf, diagonally from the left edge, is the Red River. The valleys around both rivers appear tan, in contrast to the rest of the states’ green terrain.

Upon reaching the Gulf of Mexico, the rivers release heavy loads of sediments, coloring the water tan, gold and green as they diffuse. These sediments are particularly dense by the Mississippi River Delta, south of the city of New Orleans.

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