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  • Why does the Mississippi River flow uphill?

  • Why the Mississippi River Flows Uphill. This interesting illustration from the June 1921 issue of New Science and Invention demonstrates that the Mississippi River (or any river flowing toward the equator) actually flows uphill. The Earth is not a perfect sphere. There is an equatorial ring about 13.5 miles deep.

  • How many states does the Mississippi River flow through?

  • With its tributaries, the Mississippi drains all or part of 31 U.S. states and two provinces in Canada. Lake Itasca, Itasca State Park, northwestern Minnesota.

  • How fast does the Mississippi River flow?

  • At the headwaters of the Mississippi, the average surface speed of the water is about 1.2 miles per hour – roughly one-half as fast as people walk. At New Orleans the river flows at about three miles per hour.

  • Where does the Mississippi River join the Gulf of Mexico?

  • It is approximately 100 miles south of New Orleans, Louisiana, that the Mississippi River joins the Gulf of Mexico. Water takes around 90 days to travel from its source to its mouth. The Mississippi River discharges water at a rate of around 200-700 cubic feet per second from the mouth of the river.