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Mississippi River

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The Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system on the North American continent, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system. Its source is Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and it flows generally south for 2,320 miles (3,730 km) to the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 32 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. The main stem is entirely within the United States; the total drainage basin is 1,151,000 sq mi (2,980,000 km2), of which only about one percent is in Canada. The Mississippi ranks as the fourth-longest and fifteenth-largest river by discharge in the world. The river either borders or passes through the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.Native Americans have lived along the Mississippi River and its tributaries for thousands of years. Most were hunter-gatherers, but some, such as the Mound Builders, formed prolific agricultural societies. The arrival of Europeans in the 16th century changed the native way of life as first explorers, then settlers, ventured into the basin in increasing numbers. The river served first as a barrier, forming borders for New Spain, New France, and the early United States, and then as a vital transportation artery and communications link. In the 19th century, during the height of the ideology of manifest destiny, the Mississippi and several western tributaries, most notably the Missouri, formed pathways for the western expansion of the United States.
Formed from thick layers of the river's silt deposits, the Mississippi embayment is one of the most fertile regions of the United States; steamboats were widely used in the 19th and early 20th centuries to ship agricultural and industrial goods. During the American Civil War, the Mississippi's capture by Union forces marked a turning point towards victory, due to the river's strategic importance to the Confederate war effort. Because of substantial growth of cities and the larger ships and barges that replaced steamboats, the first decades of the 20th century saw the construction of massive engineering works such as levees, locks and dams, often built in combination. A major focus of this work has been to prevent the lower Mississippi from shifting into the channel of the Atchafalaya River and bypassing New Orleans.
Since the 20th century, the Mississippi River has also experienced major pollution and environmental problems – most notably elevated nutrient and chemical levels from agricultural runoff, the primary contributor to the Gulf of Mexico dead zone.
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Mississippi River

Mississippi River

River in the United States of America

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  • Type: Place, Thing, RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 1958.03
Western United States

Western United States

Region

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  • Type: Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 586.34

Mississippi Delta

Region

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  • Type: Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 556.99
Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Flood

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/01r_3g
  • Type: Event, Thing
  • Result Score: 506.06
I-35W Mississippi River bridge

I-35W Mississippi River bridge

Truss arch bridge in Minnesota

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0dcflw
  • Type: Bridge, Thing, Place, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 451.51
Great Flood of 1993

Great Flood of 1993

Flood

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  • Type: Thing, Event
  • Result Score: 372.38

Mississippi River–Gulf Outlet Canal

River

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/05cv8t
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 349.87
Mississippi River System

Mississippi River System

River basin

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  • Type: Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 334.11
Siege of Vicksburg

Siege of Vicksburg

Siege

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  • Type: Thing, Event
  • Result Score: 314.17
Lower Mississippi River

Lower Mississippi River

Body of water

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  • Type: Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 295.66
Mississippi River

Mississippi River

Tributary in Ontario, Canada

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  • Type: Place, BodyOfWater, Thing, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 287.89

Mississippi River Festival

Music Festival

Vicksburg Campaign

Vicksburg Campaign

Battle

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  • Type: Event, Thing
  • Result Score: 273.25
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

Wildlife refuge in the United States of America

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/09_fgt
  • Type: Thing, Place, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 270.78
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Zoo in Dubuque, Iowa

Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife refuge

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/05q98k1
  • Type: Place, TouristAttraction, Thing
  • Result Score: 227.22
Cairo Mississippi River Bridge

Cairo Mississippi River Bridge

Cantilever bridge in Cairo, Illinois

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0b6z42
  • Type: Thing, Bridge, Place
  • Result Score: 220.69

Lower Mississippi River Museum

Museum in Vicksburg, Mississippi

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  • Type: Thing, Museum, Place, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 210.59
Lake Itasca

Lake Itasca

Lake in Minnesota

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  • Type: Thing, Place, BodyOfWater, TouristAttraction, LakeBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 207.74

Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area

County park in the Jersey County, Illinois

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  • Type: Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 202.34

Mississippi River Blues

Song by Big Bill Broonzy

Little Mississippi River

Little Mississippi River

River in Ontario, Canada

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  • Type: Place, Thing, BodyOfWater, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 189.61
Rock River

Rock River

Tributary in the United States of America

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/02qckc
  • Type: Thing, Place, RiverBodyOfWater, BodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 182.38
Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park

State park in Carroll County, Illinois

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0ccb8b
  • Type: Thing, Place, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 180.58

Mississippi River

Plate girder bridge in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States

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  • Type: Thing, Bridge, Place
  • Result Score: 177.46
Itasca State Park

Itasca State Park

State park in Minnesota

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  • Type: Thing, Place, TouristAttraction, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings
  • Result Score: 174.09
Great River Road

Great River Road

Road in the Allamakee County, Iowa

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0h19f
  • Type: Place, Thing
  • Result Score: 172.60
Anoka–Champlin Mississippi River Bridge

Anoka–Champlin Mississippi River Bridge

Open-spandrel arch bridge in Anoka, Minnesota

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  • Type: Bridge, Place, Thing, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings
  • Result Score: 172.15
Trillium foetidissimum

Trillium foetidissimum

Plants

Sunshine Bridge

Sunshine Bridge

Cantilever bridge in the St. James Parish, Louisiana

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0b6dtc
  • Type: TouristAttraction, Thing, Place, Bridge
  • Result Score: 165.02
Old Vicksburg Bridge

Old Vicksburg Bridge

Cantilever bridge in Vicksburg, Mississippi

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0b6jsf
  • Type: Bridge, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 164.08
John James Audubon Bridge

John James Audubon Bridge

Cable-stayed bridge in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0d2dc6
  • Type: Place, Bridge, Thing, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 159.92
Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge

Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge

Cable-stayed bridge in Destrehan, Louisiana

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0b6298
  • Type: Thing, Place, Bridge
  • Result Score: 154.24

Bloody Island

Island in the Mississippi River

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0chwgw
  • Type: Thing, Place, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 151.29

Mississippi River Quest

TV program

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0gfj_qh
  • Type: TVSeries, Thing
  • Result Score: 150.94

Mississippi River

Song by J. J. Cale

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/0sjsm9
  • Type: Thing, MusicRecording
  • Result Score: 150.55
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