Mississippi holds a significant place in the cultural and economic history of the United States. For example, the Magnolia State was a hotbed for the Delta blues, an early 20th century musical genre with tremendous cultural effects in the United States and around the world. The “Delta” in Delta blues is the Mississippi River Delta, the largest delta in the United States. The Mississippi River is one of the longest in the Nation, having 1,800 navigable miles that serve as a natural transportation corridor that is foundational to America’s economic fortunes.
This important waterway forms Mississippi’s western border, and the fertile alluvial soils that fan out across its western third served to bolster its early economy and remain key drivers of its agriculture sector. These soils continue to support cotton, soybeans, corn, and agricultural products for which Mississippi is a national leader: rice and farmed catfish.
Such heavy reliance on the land necessitates a strong understanding of the health of—and threats to—the landscape. Spikes in extreme heat and associated wildfire dangers, the increasing frequency of powerful hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, and annual tornadoes all stand as challenges to the Magnolia State’s land resources.
The U.S. Geological Survey Landsat program serves a critical role in mapping, monitoring, and understanding changes across Mississippi. Here are a few examples of how Landsat benefits the State.
|Title||Mississippi and Landsat|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Fact Sheet|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center|