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Mississippi

Mississippi

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Mississippi River
Key Facts
y
 
In
America.
y
 
3,779
km lo
ng
.
y
 
Flows throu
g
h
31
states.
y
 
T
he rivers·
n
ame mea
n
s "father of waters" i
n
the Al
g
o
nq
uia
n
 la
ng
ua
g
e.
y
 
L
ower sectio
n
the Mississippi is subject to disastrous floodi
ng
.
y
 
At the headwaters of the Mississippi
 ,
the avera
g
e surface speedof the water is
n
ear
1
.2 miles per hour 
Mai
n
Features
Upper course
y
 
Risi
ng
at a
n
elevatio
n
of 446 m i
n
 
L
ake
I
tasca
 ,
the Mississippi flows throu
g
hseveral
g
lacial lakes to Mi
nn
eapolis-Sai
n
t Paul
 ,
where it passes over a seriesof rapids a
n
d is joi
n
ed by the Mi
nn
esotaRiver.
y
 
T
he river is co
n
trolled by
n
umerousdams a
n
d falls.
y
 
Upper Mississippi is divided i
n
to threesectio
n
s: the headwaters
 ,
from thesource to Sai
n
t A
n
tho
n
y Falls
 ,
a series of ma
n
-made lakes betwee
n
Mi
nn
eapolisa
n
d St.
L
ouis
 ,
Missouri
 ,
a
n
d the middleMississippi
 ,
a relatively free-flowi
ng
riverdow
n
stream of the co
n
flue
n
ce with theMissouri River at St.
L
ouis.

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