Mississippi floods have gotten worse, study assigns blame to us

Enlarge / While we've done a lot to control the flow of the Mississippi, it's not always effective. (credit: USGS)

It's hard to get a sense of the Mississippi River's scale without having seen it. It drains water from 31 of the 48 contiguous states, along with parts of Canada, and its outflow can average up to 20,000 cubic meters of water every second. When something that big floods, it can be a staggeringly destructive event, one that can impact multiple states as the surge of water...

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