Burlington, Iowa and the Mississippi River • Earth.com

Last update: June 1st, 2020 at 5:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at Burlington, Iowa along the Mississippi River. The photo was taken by an astronaut on board the International Space Station.

Burlington sits atop high bluffs along the Mississippi, which narrows as the river approaches the city. Additionally, a dam helps slow the flow of the river, which allows for two bridges to connect both sides.

When major flooding occurs, the Mississippi spills its water into the low floodplain. The most severe flood ever recorded in the area happened in June 2008, which caused the water level to rise 25.73 feet.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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