IKONOS image near Greenville, Mississippi
This one-meter resolution image near Greenville, Mississippi was collected August 7, 2012 by GeoEye's IKONOS satellite. This image shows the low-water levels of the Mississippi River caused by a record drought.
On August 20, the Corps of Engineers closed an 11-mile stretch of the drought-parched waterway to dredge new channels because the river has reached record lows. Over 93 northbound and southbound vessels and barges, loaded with coal, grain, iron, steel and other materials, have been stranded by the low levels, making it impossible for vessels to navigate to their destinations.
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