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Learn about the mighty Mississippi River, its delta, and the extensive Mississippi River Watershed with these NASA satellite images and animation. Rivers naturally change course over time as flowing water wears away at the landscape. Ever since settlements have existed along the river, humans have tried to control the Mississippi’s natural course to prevent floods and to keep it flowing toward port cities like Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Management of the river helps protect homes and businesses, but is also leading to the loss of land in the Mississippi Delta.
To view the Background Essay, Vocabulary, and Teaching Tips for this media gallery, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.