Flood defences, Mississippi River, 1912

Flood defences, Mississippi River, 1912

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Caption: Flood defences, Mississippi River, 1912. Workers weaving mats from young willow trees, to be used as part of the flood defences on the Mississippi River, in 1912. The woven mats will be weighted down on the banks and levees to reduce erosion and so prevent breaches that lead to flooding. Such mat sinking is still being done today, though with different materials. The 3700-kilometre-long Mississippi has the third largest drainage basin in the world, and heavy rainfall can cause massive flooding further downstream, including some of the worst floods in the history of the USA.

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