Meander Belt by U.S. Geological Survey
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Meander Belt, 1944

U.S. Geological Survey

Intertwined strands of color snake across this map of the Lower Mississippi Valley in a writhing, sinewy mass. The bands of color trace the historical courses of the Mississippi river, color-coded for different points in geologic time, succinctly presenting the complicated story of the river’s evolution as it unfolds over many thousands of years. The organic historical stream flow patterns make an intriguing visual. This particular map is a snapshot of the river’s changes between Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Donaldson, Louisiana in the early 1940’s.

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