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Posted 09.09.10 | PERMALINK | ESSAY

Elizabeth Mossop and Jeffrey Carney: In the Mississippi Delta: Building with Water



Historical distributaries and delta basins. Click image to enlarge.

For millennia the Mississippi River flowed south from its northern headwaters, searching for the shortest route to the Gulf of Mexico; along the way it created and abandoned a series of hydrologic basins. Formed at different times, these sub-regions are subtly distinct, with different types of soil and rates of land subsidence.

Image credit: Coastal Sustainability Studio

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