Monday, July 12, 2010

State of Completion

Yesterday, with no fanfare, Aaron and Jake quietly crossed the border leaving Arkansas behind them.   This puts Mississippi on their left shoulder and Louisiana on their right.  I'm pretty sure there was no crying from Susanna and I am certain there was no banjo on anyone's knee. Louisiana is the final state out of 10 they have encountered in this expedition.  In another 2 days they will say goodbye to Mississippi and come face to face with the Louisiana bayous.

Through a natural process known as delta switching, the lower Mississippi River has shifted its final course to the mouth of the Gulf of Mexico every thousand years or so. This occurs because the deposits of silt and sediment begin to clog its channel, raising the river's level and causing it to eventually find a steeper, more direct route to the Gulf of Mexico. The abandoned distributaries diminish in volume and form what are known as bayous.

Posted by Aaron's dad

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