Mississippi River


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Mississippi River

The chief river of the United States, rising in the lake region of northern Minnesota and flowing about 3,700 km (2,300 mi) generally southward to enter the Gulf of Mexico through a huge delta in southeast Louisiana. La Salle claimed the entire region for France after he descended to the river's mouth in 1682.
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Noun1.Mississippi River - a major North American river and the chief river of the United StatesMississippi River - a major North American river and the chief river of the United States; rises in northern Minnesota and flows southward into the Gulf of Mexico
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
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Petersburg, at a point where the Mississippi River was a trifle over a mile wide, there was a long, narrow, wooded island, with a shallow bar at the head of it, and this offered well as a ren- dezvous.
When they arrived at the Mississippi river, George, having learned that the course of the strange lady was upward, like his own, proposed to take a state-room for her on the same boat with himself,--good-naturedly compassionating her feeble health, and desirous to do what he could to assist her.
Good observers have estimated that sediment is deposited by the great Mississippi river at the rate of only 600 feet in a hundred thousand years.
The grandfathers of 1876 were fond of telling how Webster opposed taking Texas and Oregon into the Union; how George Washington advised against including the Mississippi River; and how Monroe warned Congress that a country that reached from the Atlantic to the Middle West was "too extensive to be governed but by a despotic monarchy." They told how Abraham Lincoln, when he was postmaster of New Salem, used to carry the letters in his coon- skin cap and deliver them at sight; how in 1822 the mails were carried on horseback and not in stages, so as to have the quickest possible service; and how the news of Madison's election was three weeks in reaching the people of Kentucky.
1816)--a 1795 American treaty with Spain granted the United States the right of navigation on the Mississippi River and to deposit goods at New Orleans without paying customs duties}
Flooding has been relentless along the Mississippi River and its tributaries for many months, resulting in property and crop damage totaling several billions of dollars.
The newest ship in American Cruise Lines' groundbreaking series of 5 modern riverboats, will remain docked in its homeport of New Orleans until it departs on its inaugural Mississippi River cruise this August 17th.
To date no examination of diet, foraging behavior, or habitat use in wild fish has been conducted in the U.S., even though reproductively active populations of this species are now likely established in the Mississippi River basin (Nico et al, 2005).
LOUIS Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday.
Scrambling to avoid impacts from the swelling Mississippi River, crews are working round the clock in Red Wing this week to set girders for the new $63.4 million Highway 63/Eisenhower bridge over the river.
The state of Mississippi on Monday sued the federal government, claiming a dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land.

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