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New Orleans and Sediments from Mississippi River, USA

29.9N 90W

April 15th, 2012 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA - April 13th, 2012

The city of New Orleans can be observed as a greyish tan area on the east and west banks of the Mississippi River and south of Lake Pontchartrain, near the center of this image. The city is located in the Mississippi Delta, approximately 105 miles (169 km) upriver from the Gulf of Mexico. Here, tan sediments can be seen spilling from the river into the gulf. Environmental problems along the coast include erosion and wetland loss.

Mississippi River and Lake Superior, USA and Canada

45.9N 89.4W

April 3rd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA and Canada - March 30th, 2011

Lake Superior (above), the largest of the five Great Lakes of North America, is bounded to the north by the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of Minnesota, and to the south by the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Michigan.

Part of Lake Michigan can also be observed at the lower right, and the Mississippi River can be seen crossing the lower part of the image.


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

30.0N 89.6W

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.

Lake Maurepas by Mississippi River and Delta, USA – January 14th, 2011

29.9N 90.5W

January 14th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Lakes, Rivers

USA - December 26th, 2010

The Mississippi River passes by several lakes in southern Louisiana, USA, on its way to its delta in the Gulf of Mexico (the delta can be observed in great detail in the lower part of the full image).

The large lake just right of center is Lake Maurepas, a brackish body of water that connects with Lake Pontchartrain (partially visible at right edge) via Pass Manchac, a narrow channel.

South of the river, the smaller Lac des Allemands (French for “Lake of the Germans”) can be observed. It is a 12000 acre lake that is shallow, reaching a maximum depth of slightly more than 10 feet (3.3 m).

Enid, Grenada and Sardis Lakes by Mississippi River, USA

34.1N 89.7W

January 2nd, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA - December 26th, 2010

The two large reservoirs visible in this image of the state of Mississippi, USA, are Enid Lake (above) and Grenada Lake (V-shaped, below).

In the full image, a third lake can be seen north of the others: Sardis Lake. The Mississippi River meanders its way down the left side of the image. Its curvy channels are best observed in the full image.

Grenada Lake is a reservoir constructed to help control flooding along the Yazoo River Basin. The dam is located on the Yalobusha River approximately 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Grenada, Mississippi.