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U.S. Geography pt 1A

Major Rivers in the United States

TermDefinition
Mississippi River The largest river (according to its volume of water) in the US. The Missouri River and the Mackenzie River are actually longer.
Lake Itasca Located in Minnesota, it is the source of the Mississippi River
Gulf of Mexico The mouth of the Mississippi River (Louisiana)
Tributaries of the Mississippi River The river has 250 tributaries. Main tributaries: Missouri River, Ohio River, Red River, and the Arkansas River.
Main Cities on the Mississippi River Minneapolis, Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota; LaCrosse, Wisconsin; Dubuque, Iowa; Keokuk, Iowa; Quincy Illinois; Hannibal, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Baton Rouge & New Orleans, Louisiana
Missouri River The Main tributary of the Mississippi River. It flows through Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota to Sioux City, Iowa, where it turns south and becomes the boundary between Nebraska and Kansas on the west, and Iowa and Missouri on the east.
Three Forks, Montana Where the Jefferson, Gallatin, and Madison Rivers join is the source of the Mississippi River.
Mississippi River, near St. Louis, Missouri The mouth of the Missouri River.
Main Cities on the Missouri River Sioux City, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Joseph City, Missouri
River Source The source of a river or stream is the original point from which the river flows. It may be a lake, a marsh, a spring or a glacier. This is where the stream starts. The source is the farthest point of the river stream from its estuary or its confluence with another river, stream, or body of water.
Mouth of a River A river mouth or stream mouth is the part of a river that flows into a sea, river, lake, reservoir or ocean. It is where the river ends and joins another larger body of water.
Ohio River A Major tributary of the Mississippi River. It flows westward, forming the boundaries between Ohio and West Virginia; Ohio and Kentucky; IndianaP
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The source of the Ohio River is in Pittsburgh where the Allegheny and the Monongahela Rivers join.
Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois The mouth of the Ohio River
Main Cities on the Ohio River Cincinnati, Ohio; Evansville, Illinois; Wheeling, West Virginia; Louisville, Kentucky
Arkansas River One of the tributaries of the Mississippi River. It carved out the Royal Gorge, in Colorado, where the highest bridge in our country is located. It flows through Kansas, Oklahoma, and then it merges into the Mississippi River just above Arkansas City, Arkansas.
Source of the Arkansas River Swatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado
Mouth of the Arkansas River Mississippi River