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    • Merry R

      shanai-matteson: This map is one of the most beautiful depictions of the Mississippi River that I’ve ever seen. Each color marks a different course that the river has taken throughout its history. If I ever write a book, I want this to be the cover. (Fisk, 1944. Map of ancient courses of the Mississippi River, Cape Girardeau, MO - Donaldsonville, LA. Plate 22-8.). Wow.

    • Sabina IgAr

      Mapping Place Mapping Time. This is one of the inherent complexities of the heritage debate,  it is never static - and it is so hard to secure a process but so easy to freeze an object. thisisamap: Oh wow, I also see this map of the Mississippi as a sorceress with incredible, George Clinton-esque hair. [via east-lake, shanai-matteson:] This map is one of the most beautiful depictions of the Mississippi River that I’ve ever seen. Each color marks a different course that the river has ...

    • Sarah B

      Different Paths of the Mississippi throughout time. So cool! I want a print of it. (Fisk, 1944. Map of ancient courses of the Mississippi River, Plate 22-8)

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