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.