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Mississippi River and Catahoula Lake, USA

31.5N 92.1W

July 12th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA - June 24th, 2009

USA - June 24th, 2009

The Mississippi River snakes its way through the center of this image, marking the border between the states of Lousiana (left) and Mississippi (right), USA. The river appears brown due to the sediments it is carrying towards the Gulf of Mexico.

Many smaller rivers, streams and lakes are visible in this region. The largest lake that can be observed here is the freshwater Catahoula Lake, located in central Louisiana. It is the largest natural freshwater lake in the state, covering just over 46 square miles.

Catahoula is a shallow, and poorly drained wetland supported by the Little River and several creeks. It was drained by the Old River, French Fork and a number of bayous until several flood control projects changed the lake’s drainage characteristics.

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