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Mississippi is a Southern state covering 123 585 km2 (47 716 sq miles) between the Mississippi river, the state of Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico.

Mississippi river

The land is everywhere below 250 m (820 ft). Cotton, rice, soya beans and broiler chickens are the farming mainstays. Gas and oil are produced and there are refining and engineering industries. JACKSON IS the state capital.

The Mississippi is also a River rising in the northern state of Minnesota and flowing 3779 km (2348 miles) south to the Gulf of Mexico. It is the second largest US River after the MISSOURI, which is its main tributary. Together, the Mississippi-Missouri form the world's fourth longest river system, flowing a total of 6019 km (3740 miles) and draining some 3.25 million km2 (1.25 million sq miles).

Other major tributaries of the Mississippi include the ARKANSAS and OHIO rivers. It has long been a major transport artery, and has been navigated by steamboats since about 1820; it is still used to carry bulky cargoes. It is prone to serious flooding, but has been stabilized recently by massive control schemes.

Jackson USA Jackson is the State capital of Mississippi, about 260 km (160 miles) north of New Orleans. It was founded as a French trading post, Le Fleur's Bluff, in the late 18th century, and is now an industrial, educational and administrative centre. Nearby is an 89-hectare (220 acre) hydraulic model of the Mississippi river basin used to study flood control.

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