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Mississippi River

This view over St. Louis, Missouri, taken in June 1991, shows the Mississippi just left of center. The Mississippi-Missouri river system is the third longest in the world--shorter only than the Nile in Africa and the Amazon in South America. This river system is a meandering river system, where flooding is often responsible for changing the location of channels and leaving behind old riverbeds known as “meander scars”. These scars are visible in the river bottom land between the cliffs on either side of the river.

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