The fact behind the reverse flow of #Mississippi river #usa

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The Mississippi River is one of the largest, most powerful rivers in the world. It flows more than 3,800 kilometers (2,350 mi) from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, and stretches to as many as 17 kilometers (11 mi) wide at one point. That’s a lot of water being transported on a daily basis. And more than once in its history, it has actually flowed backward as a result of natural disasters.

The first time the Mississippi reversed its flow was in 1812, when a massive earthquake in the region caused a “fluvial tsunami” in the river, sending the water straight back where it came from. The actual seismic activity began at the tail end of 1811, but it wasn’t until the new year began that the water started going in the opposite direction.

Source: http://knowledgenuts.com/2014/01/04/the-mississippi-river-has-run-backward-multiple-times/