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CAD703X
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Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
Quick history of the 1876 MS River direction change

If you've ever been to downtown Vicksburg, its crazy that you look out over a massive mud plain. You can see the river off in the distance but for years I had no idea why.

Its only in the last few years I learned about Lake Centennial and became fascinated with oxbow lakes.

Image: http://lowerdelta.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Yazoo-River-01.jpg



Damn MS River you scary


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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
It happened every few hundred years before the levees were built. Now it’ll take a massive flood to do it.


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Wtodd
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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
Check out the 3 earthquakes in SE Missouri in the early 1800s; 1 of them caused the MS River to flow backwards for 3 days and made Reelfoot Lake.


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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
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Check out the 3 earthquakes in SE Missouri in the early 1800s; 1 of them caused the MS River to flow backwards for 3 days and made Reelfoot Lake.


yeah i read about that in high school that was some crazy shite too.


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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
The national park is cool


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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
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The national park is cool
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The Boat

Image: http://www.terragalleria.com/images/us-se/usms38011.jpeg


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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
that will make things easier to go north then, but harder to get into the gulf because you will be going against the current.


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TH03
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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
Just follow the state borders that were created following the river and compare it to the river today. It's crazy to see the differences almost everywhere.


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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
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earthquakes in SE Missouri in the early 1800s

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yeah i read about that in high school that was some crazy shite too

I read about them JUST AFTER experiencing my 1st 2 quakes in Alaska in the early 80s; crazy shite is an understatement


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CAD703X
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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
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Just follow the state borders that were created following the river and compare it to the river today. It's crazy to see the differences almost everywhere.


thats a great point. hadn't even thought that; was raised believing the state lines followed the MS river but damn..that was 250+ years ago in some cases. never crossed my mind the borders don't still line up today.
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TH03
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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
Just look at it in your example. The border follows Yazoo river cutting through centennial lake even though the river is further south. If you follow the river all the way, you see all kinds of oxbow lakes. It's crazy to look at.


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real turf fan
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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
Great picture of the Cairo. One of the greatest boats that almost nobody has ever heard of, much less walked aboard.

Sometime go on google earth satellite images and wander up and down any of our major rivers in flood plains. The number of cut off meanders on the Mississippi is too many to count. and then look at the meaders that have cut through earlier oxbow lakes.

And for an international river (that might tell the Mississippi to hold its beer) read about when the Yellow River in China changed course most recently and the estimated death toll.


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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
What will be the impact in Louisiana if the Madrid fault line has a earthquake in Missouri causing the Mississippi River to flow backwards for who knows how long.
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CAD703X
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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
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Great picture of the Cairo. One of the greatest boats that almost nobody has ever heard of, much less walked aboard.

Sometime go on google earth satellite images and wander up and down any of our major rivers in flood plains. The number of cut off meanders on the Mississippi is too many to count. and then look at the meaders that have cut through earlier oxbow lakes.

And for an international river (that might tell the Mississippi to hold its beer) read about when the Yellow River in China changed course most recently and the estimated death toll.


what started all of this is my son was in monroe with me last week and he drove back alone and took the 165-arkansas route instead of the interstate through jackson.

it was during the monsoon rains and he started running into issues around lake village and google started sending him down flooded roads and he ended up having to back up and try another route. he was freaking out because he was in the middle of flood plain central and was trying to get to greenville and over to 61 to head back north to TN.

i told him he was in the middle of a very surreal part of the world; there's nothing in northern ark or northern MS except a bunch of crazy half moon lakes and a massive river and there's exactly ***ONE*** bridge over the river between Memphis and Vicksburg.
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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
Do you even False River, baw?


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LarryCLE
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Yellow River in China

That’s racist.


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Wtodd
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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
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What will be the impact in Louisiana if the Madrid fault line has a earthquake in Missouri causing the Mississippi River to flow backwards for who knows how long.

Who knows; earthquakes are powerful and can create some serious havoc


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udtiger
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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
I cannot find it, but I have seen a picture taken from the "dry" river bed towards Vicksburg. The river bottom was covered with "pits" from swirling eddies along the bottom caused by the current.

Supposedly, the "fix" (diverting the Yazoo River) was a kid's idea.


FutureMikeVIII
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re: Have we ever discussed MS river changing directions, particularly Centennial Cutoff?
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ust follow the state borders that were created following the river and compare it to the river today. It's crazy to see the differences almost everywhere.


I believe the Vicksburg cut-off occurred naturally in the 1870s. But most of the cut-offs along the lower Mississippi were man-made in an effort to shorten the river and increase the slope to the Gulf of Mexico.


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