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The Mississippi Corpse - CyberCorpse 12

From: Palasota@aol.com

The Mississippi River is unique in the world because it flows "uphill" - the mouth of the river is 27 feet higher - ie. 27 further away from the center of the earth - than the source of the river. So how does it happen? Why does water not flow into the river from the sea?

Further research indicates that the mouth of the Mississippi is about six *miles* further from the center of the earth than Lake Itasca, the headwaters. Because? Because the Earth is not really perfectly spherical, but flattened at the poles, like a doorknob. The distance from sea level at the North Pole to the center of the earth is 13.5 miles less than from sea level at the equator.


Because the Earth is spinning so rapidly, and is made of such malleable rock, that the equator bulges out, 'stealing' rock from the North and South Poles. If the Earth stopped spinning, it would eventually settle back into a more spherical shape. The same thing, on a larger scale, is happening to Jupiter and Saturn. Only in those cases it is so extreme, because they are gaseous and spinning so fast, that you can almost see the bulge when you look at them with a good telescope.

Back to the Mississippi: it is a North-South river, and one that does not descend from Himalaya-like peaks, but just gently meanders flatly through the mid-section of the country. But it is very long - long enough that New Orleans is considerably further from the center of the Earth than Minneapolis. (You knew that anyway, in your gut, right?)

So the same centrifugal force that causes the Earth to bulge is also the same force that causes the water in the Mississippi to spill out into the ocean, rather than the reverse.

The Mysterious Mississippi.

Walter Murch

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