USGS - science for a changing world

Science Topics

Maps, Imagery, and Publications Hazards Newsroom Education Jobs Partnerships Library About USGS Podcasts/RSS

USGS Science Topics > Specific things by name

Mississippi River
Largest river basin of the country, located in the central part of the conterminous US.
Explore these categories:
River systems(instance of)
Long water courses including main streams and tributaries.
Drainage basins(part of)
Regions or areas bounded by drainage divides and occupied by drainage systems; specifically the tract of country that gathers water originating as precipitation and contributes it to a particular stream channel or system of channels, or to a lake, reservoir, or other body of water. [Glossary of Geology, 4th ed.]
Rivers(instance of)
Natural freshwater surface streams of considerable volume and a permanent or seasonal flow, moving in a definite channel toward a sea, lake, or another river; any large streams, or ones larger than brooks or creeks, such as the trunk stream and larger branches of a drainage system. [Glossary of Geology, 4th ed.]
Levees(includes)
Artificial embankments built along the bank of a watercourse or an arm of the sea, to protect land from inundation or to confine streamflow to its channel. [Glossary of Geology, 4th ed.]

Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://www.usgs.gov/science//science/instance.php?term=16
Page Contact Information: Ask USGS