Monday, May 16, 2011

Explaining the Spillways Designed to Lessen Mississippi River Flooding

Popular Mechanics has a great article on the various spillways, bays, and dams created by the United States government along the Mississippi River.  The projects were designed to prevent a repeat of the disastrous 1927 flood that killed hundreds.  The spillways have now been opened.

While New Orleans, the great city that should not exist as is due to its poor physical geographical position, perhaps has been saved from the worst effects of flooding, much of the lower South along the Mississippi River could experience worse flooding due to the spillways being opened.  Such is the give and take of human interaction in physical geography.

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