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Mississippi

A map of MississippiMississippi is located in the Deep South of the United States. Most of the state consists of rolling, low hills that slope gently down to the coast of Gulf of Mexico. In the north, the land rises to the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains. In the west of the state lies the flat Mississippi alluvial plain, sometimes referred to as the Mississippi Delta. The Mississippi River itself follows a meandering course as it flows south. The plain is narrow in the south, but widens north of Vicksburg where the Yazoo River flows into the Mississippi. The land is covered by rich soil, consisting partly of silt which has been deposited by the floodwaters of the Mississippi River over many years. Outside the alluvial plain and coastal strip, the land is mostly covered by thick forest.


The Vicksburg Bridge is a cantilever bridge that crosses the Mississippi River between Delta, Louisiana and Vicksburg,...Read More >>The Vicksburg Bridge is a cantilever bridge that crosses the Mississippi River between Delta, Louisiana and Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Name

The state is named after the Mississippi River, which traces most of its western boundary. The word Mississippi itself comes from Messipi, the French version of the Native American Ojibwe word for the river, misi-ziibi, which means “Great River”.
Aerial view of the damaged Mississippi Gulf Coast, after the storm surge and high winds of Hurricane Katrina

Climate

The boll weevil is the most destructive cotton pest in North America. It invaded the US from Mexico in 1892 and reached southeastern Alabama in 1909. By the mid-1920s, it had infested all the cotton-growing regions of the US, including Mississippi.

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