Scenic USA - Louisiana
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of attractions, points of interest, historic sites, state parks and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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|Photo by Ben Prepelka|
The Mississippi River and its tributaries make up the largest drainage basin in North America, covering 1.2 million square miles. Along the Mississippi, large sweeping bends, called meanders, naturally grow larger and larger when the outside bank (cut bank) is undermined. Gradually
the neck of the meander is narrowed to a point where the river is rejoined and ceases to flow into the meander bow. Over time the river bend is completely abandoned, an oxbow lake is born.
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