The Mississippi River Project
Mississippi River Project: Day 14

Our day started from Dyersburg, TN, heading across the Mississippi River to Caruthersville, MO.  There are three bridges that cross the Mississippi River in the Upper Mississippi embayment:  Caruthersville, MO; Memphis, TN; and Helena, AR.  We would start at Caruthersville and complete our survey upon reaching Randolph landing six days away.

Like the day before, trees littered the river.  The Echo did a remarkable job pulling trees, limbs, stumps, and root masses away from the seismic equipment.  Yes, every now and then a limb would hit Huck.  It would swim and dive before the limb gave way and continued downstream leaving Huck none the worse for wear.

The river seemed muddier if that’s possible.  We think it is due to the flooding in the Midwest.  The Mississippi River begins its journey in Minnesota, meeting with the Ohio River at Cairo, IL.  At the confluence of these two river systems, 75% of the flow comes from the Ohio, yet 80-85% of the turbidity (sediment load) comes from the upper Mississippi.

Anyway, the journey south (still backwards) was enjoyable.  We stopped 14 miles downstream from our start this morning at river mile 836.  The Echo ran us upriver to Linwood Bend landing just north of the Caruthersville bridge crossing.

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