The Mississippi River in the United States • Earth.com

The Mississippi River in the United States

10-14-2022

Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Mississippi River, one of the longest rivers in North America.

The Mississippi River is one of the world’s major river systems in size, habitat diversity and biological productivity. The river flows 3,766 km from its source at Lake Itasca through the center of the continental United States to the Gulf of Mexico,” says ESA.

“The Mississippi River Basin is home to a variety of agricultural activity. Nutrient-rich soil from sediment deposits through the floodplain supports cropland close to the river and its tributaries. Rectangular fields in the image are cultivated land. The farming of cotton and soybean make up a significant portion of the areas economic production.”

Video Credit: ESA

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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