Atchafalaya[1] - GLG 111E Writing/Discussion Questions The...

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GLG 111E Writing/Discussion Questions The Control of Nature; Atchafalaya 1. Why is the Mississippi River attempting to change its course to the Atchafalaya River basin? The Mississippi River has been known throughout the course of time to change positions and slightly change the course that it flows on. An old meander bend was a conduit in which water had been escaping into the Atchafalaya River. This bend doubled as the mouth of the Red River, which had been a contributor to the Mississippi for years until the Atchafalaya River took it away. The Red River added to the Atchafalaya’s power and flow, which started chipping away at the country side near the Mississippi. Along with the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers, there was a small cross piece called the Old River. The Mississippi flowed into this cross piece and fed more water into the Atchafalaya River, sometimes enough to quadruple the amount of water sent over Niagara Falls. Another factor is that the Mississippi River lies almost 18 feet above sea level, while the Atchafalaya only lays 5 feet above sea level. This makes it easy and at
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course GEO 111-115 taught by Professor Various during the Spring '09 term at Miami University.

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