Mississippi River is North America's second largest river. It is approximately 2,320 miles long from Gulf of Mexico to Lake Itasca. By the average discharge, this river has been the fourth longest and the tenth largest. It is also considered the third longest river in the whole world.
This river has many tributaries, the longest of which is the Missouri. The second longest is the Arkansas River. The largest tributary is the Ohio River that travels 980 miles of Illinois, Cairo and Mississippi.
The river tributaries of Mississippi include rivers of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and South Dakota.
The Mississippi River Delta Basin is a shallow dig in between Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. This delta basin is approximately 512,000 acres. Its open water is about 420,000 acres. The rest of the areas are land of low reliefs. The most prominent features here are natural channels bank. This basin composes of sixty one percent of Mississippi's total land area.
As stated earlier, the Mississippi is more than 2000 miles of long. All over these areas are the important towns and cities of Mississippi. The river itself passes over ten states. These states along the river have towns that are very historical in the culture of Mississippi.
The towns that are in the ten states that surround the river different so much in so many terms. Each state has many important towns. Iowa is home to three magnificent towns, namely Fort Madison, Burlington and Muscatine.
Fort Madison was the site for the United States fort. This was also the trading post of the country in 1808. This town reminds the people of the past architectural establishments and houses once standing proud here.
Burlington has thriving lumber mills from the year 1850 to 1880s. This is Iowa's largest city. This town was the center of all trading in Iowa.
Muscatine is known as the Pearl Button Capital of the World. There was a factory that was built in freshwater mussel shells. This factory was used to manufacture buttons. There are lots of old fine building and structures like churches in this place.
Mississippi River supports the preservation of nature. They widly support plants and wildlife that are present in their place. The Mississippi is fully covered with naturals that make up the beauty that surrounds the place. Even the sea creatures are well taken care of.
The government of Mississippi promotes the preservation of wild life. They want to make the wild life abundant that is why they reserve more National parks to have more places for this wild life.
The Mississippi National River Park and recreational area is developed for the new generations. This in partnership of the government and the people who owns the land that enterprises the park. The Effigy Mounds National Monument has prehistoric sites to reserve. It has a number of protected areas in efforts to prolong the historicity of the place.
The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial was established to be able to commemorate historical events. The Vicksburg National Military Park is for the commemoration of Vicksburg Campaign. The Natchez National Historical Park is closed to the public. The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park promotes jazz music for entertainment. And the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve promotes all natural and cultural resources.