Jun 01, 2011, 09:56AM

What We've Done To The Mississippi

"What is the Mississippi River? It's not actually a silly question. The Mississippi no longer fits the definition a river as "a natural watercourse flowing towards an ocean, a lake, a sea, or another river." Rather, the waterway has been shaped in many ways, big and small, to suit human needs. While it maybe not be tamed, it's far from wild -- and understanding the floods that are expected to crest in Louisiana soon means understanding dams, levees, and control structures as much as rain, climate, and geography."

More at The Atlantic. Via Metafilter.

Yazoo thumb 607x355 51612.jpg?ixlib=rails 2.1

Register or Login to leave a comment