This easy to understand video reveals a lot of interesting facts about Mississippi River.
Mississippi River Facts
Mississippi river is the third longest river in North America with a length of about 2,350 miles. The source of this river is Lake Itasca and from here, it begins as a small stream. The river flows into the Gulf of Mexico through a delta shaped like a bird’s foot. The Mississippi and Missouri rivers combine and form the longest river system in the USA. It is the fourth Longest in the world.
Quick Facts: –
- It flows through 10 states: – Minnesota, Louisiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Iowa.
- Tributaries of the river drain some parts of Southern Canada.
- The Great River Road which runs alongside the river was created in 1938.
- The Mississippi river stretches out more than 7 miles at its widest point which is at Lake Winnibigoshish near Bena, MN.
- The narrowest stretch for its entire length is at Lake Itasca. At this point, the river is only 20 to 30 feet wide.
- At the headwaters of the river, the average surface speed of the water is about 1.2mph.
- From its source to its mouth, the river drops about 450 m.
- This river is home to about 350 species of fish, 326 bird species, 140 amphibians and 50 mammal species.