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Mississippi River Flowing Across Great Plains, USA

37.2N 89W

April 12th, 2011 Category: Rivers

USA - April 2nd, 2011

The Mississippi River is the largest river system in North America. About 2,320 miles (3,730 km) long, the river originates at Lake Itasca, Minnesota, and flows slowly southwards in sweeping meanders, terminating 95 miles (153 km) by river below New Orleans, where it begins to flow to the Gulf of Mexico.

Here, it can be seen flowing vertically down the right side of the image, from near the Great Lakes (above, full image), across the Great Plains of the USA, to the Gulf of Mexico (below, full image).

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