From the many, one mighty river to the sea

Slate shared this graphic of the tributaries of the Mississippi River.

Here in northern Minnesota we’re well aware the river officially starts here, over in Clearwater County, flowing small and gentle through nearby towns like Grand Rapids and Brainerd.

But if North America has one true river, it is this one. I also enjoy seeing how stark the Laurentian Divide and three-way watershed mark the Mesabi Iron Range as a place of natural intrigue, which I believe it is.

(h/t Erik Hare)

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