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Mississippi River
Efmo View from Fire Point.jpg
Mississippi River near Fire Pynt in Effigy Mounds Naitional Monument, Iowa
Name oreegin: Ojibwe wird misi-ziibi, meanin "Great River", or gichi-ziibi, meanin "Big River"
Kintra Unitit States
States Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana
Tributaries
 - left St. Croix River, Wisconsin River, Rock River, Illinois River, Kaskaskia River, Ohio River
 - right Minnesota River, Des Moines River, Missouri River, White River, Arkansas River, Reid River
Ceeties Minneapolis, MN, St. Paul, MN, La Crosse, WI, Quad Ceeties, IA/IL, St. Louis, MO, Memphis, TN, Baton Rouge, LA, New Orleans, LA
Soorce Loch Itasca[1]
 - location Itasca State Pairk, Clearwater Coonty, MN
 - elevation 1,475 ft (450 m)
 - coordinates 47°14′23″N 95°12′27″W / 47.23972°N 95.20750°W / 47.23972; -95.20750
Mooth Gulf o Mexico
 - location Pilottown, Plaquemines Parish, LA
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 29°09′04″N 89°15′12″W / 29.15111°N 89.25333°W / 29.15111; -89.25333Coordinates: 29°09′04″N 89°15′12″W / 29.15111°N 89.25333°W / 29.15111; -89.25333
Lenth 2,320 mi (3,734 km)
Basin 1,151,000 sq mi (2,981,076 km2)
Dischairge for mooth; max an min at Baton Rouge, LA
 - average 593,000 cu ft/s (16,792 m3/s) [2]
 - max 3,065,000 cu ft/s (86,791 m3/s)
 - min 159,000 cu ft/s (4,502 m3/s)
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Detailed cairt o Mississippi River tributary structur

The Mississippi River is the chief river o the lairgest drainage seestem on the North American continent.[3][4]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. The Unitit States Geological Survey recognises twa contrastin defineetions o a river's soorce.USGS.gov Bi the stricter defineetion, the Mississippi would share its soorce wi its langest tributary, the Missouri, at Brower's Spring in Montana. The ither defineetion acknowledges "somewhit arbitrary decisions" an places the Mississippi's soorce at Loch Itasca, which is publicly acceptit as the soorce,USGS.gov an which had been identified as such bi Brower himsel.MT.gov
  2. Kammerer, J.C. (Mey 1990). "Largest Rivers in the United States". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved Februar 22, 2011. 
  3. United States Geological Survey Hydrological Unit Code: 08-09-01-00- Lower Mississippi-New Orleans Watershed
  4. "Lengths of the major rivers". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved Mairch 14, 2009.