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Confluence of Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, USA

37.1N 89.1W

January 6th, 2011 Category: Rivers

USA - December 26th, 2010

This orthorectified image shows the confluence of the Mississippi River (wider, right) and Ohio River (thinner, left), near Mounds, Illinois. Ships can be observed travelling in both rivers, particularly the former.

The large city near the left edge in the upper left quadrant, on the banks of the Ohio River, is Cape Girardeau, in Southeast Missouri. The “cape” that the city is named after no longer exists.

Mississippi River Running from Northern USA to Gulf of Mexico

35.4N 90.5W

June 2nd, 2010 Category: Rivers

USA - May 4th, 2010

USA - May 4th, 2010

The Mississippi River, parallel to the right edge, is a river in the central United States of America. It rises at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and flows south, meeting its major tributaries, the Missouri and the Ohio rivers, about halfway along its journey to the Gulf of Mexico.

It enters the Gulf southeast of New Orleans, after a course of 2,350 mi (3,780 km). It is the largest river in North America, and with its tributaries it drains an area of 1.2 million sq mi (3.1 million sq km).

Land Between the Lakes, in Kentucky and Tennessee, USA

37.0N 83.8W

November 24th, 2009 Category: Lakes, Rivers

USA - November 8th, 2009

USA - November 8th, 2009

While the Mississippi River winds its way down the left side of this image, a pair of other distinctive bodies of water is visible to the right. These are Kentucky Lake (left) and Lake Barkley (right). The brown land between them is part of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, in the US states of Kentucky and Tennessee.

The Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers flow very close to each other in the northwestern corner of Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky, separated by a rather narrow and mostly low ridge.

This area where they are only a few miles apart had been known as “Between the Rivers” since at least the 1830s or 1840s. After the Cumberland River was impounded in the 1960s and a canal was constructed between the two lakes, Land Between the Lakes became the largest inland peninsula in the United States.

Downstream from this area, the courses of the rivers then diverge again, with the result being that the mouth of the Cumberland into the Ohio River is approximately 40 mi (64 km) from that of the Tennessee.