Mississippi is most famously known for its namesake the river that divides the United States into the East and the West. It is also known for its preservation of the history of the South.Know More
Among the states that are located in the continental U.S., Mississippi is one of the slowest growing, in the terms of urban growth; it has not experienced growth at the rate that many of the other states in the U.S., and even the South, have experienced. Mississippi is able to hold onto small town values and the charm they exhibit; it is made mostly of small towns that are only connected together with an interstate system. Around 40 percent of the state is made up of farms; there are around 42,000 farms within the state, as of 2014.
Mississippi is composed mainly of farms that grow cotton, tobacco and crops for food; these farms are able to prosper in the southern climate that the state exhibits and have made the state among the most famous for farmland. Since the state is close to the coast, there is also deep-rooted traditions that include bayou life. The state also boasts the second-largest national cemetery in the nation, second only to Arlington.Learn more about Social Sciences
The Mississippi River is reported to have different lengths depending on the source consulted. The EPA says it is 2,320 miles long, the United States Geologic Survey says it is 2,300 miles long and the staff of Itasca State Park at the Mississippi's headwaters say it is 2,552 miles long.Full Answer >
The Mississippi River ranges in depth from 3 feet at its headwaters to 200 feet near New Orleans. The river is dredged to a minimum depth of 9 feet.Full Answer >
Though rivers have flowed across what is now the Mississippi River basin for millions of years, the modern river emerged from the drainage of melting glaciers around 12,000 years ago. The Mississippi has shifted course continuously since then, and its course remains erratic and unpredictable.Full Answer >
The Mississippi River flows south from Northern Minnesota at Lake Itasca to Louisiana into the Gulf of Mexico. Explorer Hernando de Soto is responsible for the discovery of this river in 1541.Full Answer >