Mississippi

A Mississippi river diversion helped build Louisiana wetlands, Penn geologists find

But the levees have also contributed to the loss of Louisiana's wetlands. By holding in floodwaters, they prevent sediment from flowing into the watershed and…

Spillways can divert sand from river to rebuilt wetlands

A team of civil engineers and geologists from the University of Illinois, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, published their findings in…

Vanderbilt study finds hand surgeons scarce for emergency surgery

Wrist, hand and finger trauma are the most common injuries presenting to emergency departments nationwide, yet only 7 percent of Tennessee hospitals have a…

More poor kids in more poor places, Carsey Institute finds

“Nearly 22 percent of America's children live in poverty, compared with 14 percent of the total population. Poverty is scattered and geographically…

Landsat 5 satellite sees Mississippi River floodwaters lingering

On May 19, 2011, the Mississippi River reached a historic crest at Vicksburg. According to the Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service (AHPS) of the U.S….

Major flooding on the Mississippi River predicted to cause largest Gulf of Mexico dead zone ever recorded

Scientists are predicting the area could measure between 8,500 and 9,421 square miles, or an area roughly the size of New Hampshire. If it does reach those…

Satellite images display extreme Mississippi River flooding from space

The flood crest of 47.87 feet on May 10, is the second highest rise in recent history; the highest being 48.7 feet in 1937. Five counties surrounding Memphis…

Study Probes Sources of Mississippi River Phosphorus

But according to new modeling research that examined phosphorus loading from all 1768 counties in the Mississippi River Basin (MRB), the true causes aren’t…

Seeds of Gulf Dead Zones Are Draining from U.S. Farms

A study recently published in the Journal of Environmental Quality by a team from Cornell University and the University of Illinois-Urbana found that tile…

At Great Expense, Railroad Bypassed First U.S. Black-founded Town

The bypass pushed what would have been a fairly straight, even run of railroad tracks from Griggsville, Ill. to Hannibal, Mo., in a wide, hilly arc around New…

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