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Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Day 4 Prompt: Rivered
The Mississippi River and its floodplain are home to a diverse population of living things:
At least 260 species of fish, 25% of all fish species in North America;
Forty percent of the nation's migratory waterfowl use the river corridor during their Spring and Fall migration;
Sixty percent of all North American birds (326 species) use the Mississippi River Basin as their migratory flyway;
From Cairo, IL upstream to Lake Itasca there are 38 documented species of mussel. On the Lower Mississippi, there may be as many as 60 separate species of mussel;
The Upper Mississippi is host to more than 50 mammal species;
At least 145 species of amphibians and reptiles inhabit the Upper Mississippi River environs.
"Rivers are controlled at their mouths..."
The Accidental City
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