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Mississippi River and Gulf Outlet Canal by New Orleans, USA – March 10th, 2011

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March 10th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

USA - February 18th, 2011

The city of New Orleans sits along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain (upper left corner) in Louisiana, USA. Another body of water, Lake Borgne, can be seen to the right.

The Mississippi River passes through the city on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. While the river follows a curved path, a significantly straighter canal can be observed to the right, passing near the shores of Lake Borgne.

This is the Mississippi River – Gulf Outlet Canal, a 76 mi (122 km) channel constructed in the mid-20th century that provided a shorter route between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans’ inner harbor Industrial Canal via the Intracoastal Waterway.

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