The Lower Mississippi River Valley map
The Lower Mississippi River collects the waters from most of
the 48 states, from Yellowstone and the Canadian border to the Blue Ridge and
the Great Smokeys. The lowlands between the Ozarks and the southern
Appalachians have been filled by the great river’s flood sediments and planed
flat by its meanders. These river-formed lands include both the "Mississippi Delta" of
cotton and the blues, its largest city Memphis; and "The Delta of the
Mississippi River", below the Red River, centered on New Orleans and Baton
Rouge and extending far out into the Gulf of Mexico.
This second Delta is the classic Nile Delta landform, fanning out among
distributary channels. The Atchafalaya would be the main channel now if it were
not for massive engineering efforts in support of navigation up to New Orleans
and Baton Rouge.
The map includes all of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama; most of Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and easternmost Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas as well as southern portions of Illinois and Indiana, western Georgia, and most of the Florida Panhandle.
Small - Scale is 1:2 million or 1" = about 32 milesLarge
- Scale is 1:1.5 million or 1" = about 24 miles