The Geography of Mississippi
The 5 themes of
Place- every place has both PHYSICAL and HUMAN
Human –Environment interactions- how we as
humans interact and use our environment.
Movement- transfer of good, ideas and services
Regions- Both Natural and Cultural
Location- relative location, compared to another
place..absolute location is percise!
Human and Environment
It lies between 30 and 35 degrees
North Latitude ****88 and 91 degrees
Mississippi’s 5 Geographic
Delta-Northwest –flat fertile farm land
Hills- Central and North Ms…Largest
Region in state
Piney Woods- Southern Ms. Timber
Gulf Coast- Narrow strip bordering Gulf
of Mexico, land not as fertile.
Climate: humid subtropical. Cool winters
and warm/hot summers. Lots of rain!!!
Normal temperature: is 62 degrees.
Precipitation: coastal counties=60 inches a
year. Northern counties=50 inches a year.
Most of the rainfall occurs during the winter
Average humidity ranges from 76% on the
coast to 70% inland.
Natural Hazards: Tornadoes and Hurricanes.
Surface Water: water in lakes, ponds,
rivers, and oceans
Groundwater: used for water supply.
Rivers: 9 major rivers and 2 minor
rivers that make up the drainage
Reservoirs- 6 in the state: Pickwick,
Arkabutla, Sardis, Enid, Grenada, and
Mighty Mississippi River
Longest River in the United States.
Begins at Lake Itasca in Minnesota
Flows 2,348 miles to the Gulf of Mexico.
Major Drainage Basin for the interior of the United
States. Missouri, Arkansas, and Ohio all flow into
Deepest is 100 feet, to only 9 feet in some places.
Widest point is in Illinois @ 4,500 feet.
Many natural and man made levees.
Each year 400 millions tons of cargo transported on
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