The Meandering Mississippi

This bit of virtuoso cartography overlays the meanders and jumps taken by the lower Mississippi River over the past few thousand years. The time-compression inherent in geography always boggles the mind. I love how it looks like a mix between an abstract expressionist painting and an intestinal diagram.


Mississippi River Meander Belt: Cape Giradeau, MO–Donaldsonville, LA,” from Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River, by Harold N. Fisk, 1944 :: via Pruned, Boing Boing

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