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High resolution aerials of the Mississippi River on Google maps.

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I’ve discovered that much of the lower Mississippi, at least along eastern Arkansas where I grew up, is covered by very high resolution aerials in Google maps. Here you see the Mississippi and Arkansas River confluence. Zoom in on the two barge tows near it and you can almost make out the deck hands. Wonderful stuff for exploring the beautiful meander and bar deposition patterns, effects of navigation structures, and vegetation patterns.