What the two largest rivers in the United States?
Which one of the 2 lakes is longer?
- texmanLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
This fact sheet shows the location and ranking of the 20 largest rivers in the United States. It is common knowledge that the Mississippi is the largest U.S. river, but what is the rank of other major U.S. rivers? Rivers are considered large on the basis of one or more of three characteristics: total length from source to mouth, area of basin (watershed) drained by the stream, and average rate of flow (discharge) at the mouth. The alphabetical list on the back of this sheet shows these characteristics of 32 rivers so as to include the 20 largest rivers in each of the three categories. Among the 32 rivers, 16 are tributary to other rivers on the list; the remaining rivers discharge directly into oceans, seas, gulfs, or bays.
As dynamic parts of our environment, rivers and their characteristics vary in space and time in response to climatic changes and to man's activities . The causes include seasonal and annual changes in precipitation and temperature, cycles of erosion and deposition (especially during floods), diversions of water (for irrigation, power, and other purposes), and the construction of public works—dams, levees, locks, and canals. For example, combinations of these effects, but principally diversions, have reduced the average flow of the Colorado River near its mouth from about 22,000 cubic feet per second (ft3/s) for the period 1903-34 to less than 4,000 ft3/s during the period 1951-80. However, the annual flow in 1984 averaged 17,500 ft3/s, a consequence of record-breaking precipitation on the river basin. A flow of 1,000 ft3/s is equal to 646 million gallons per day, 724,000 acre-feet per year, or 28.3 cubic meters per second. (One acre-foot is the volume of water that would cover 1 acre to a depth of 1 foot.)
River lengths or river-length data are affected not only by some of the natural and artificial causes noted in the preceding paragraph, but also by the precision of various techniques of measurement, by the scale of available maps or aerial photographs, and by somewhat arbitrary decisions. For example, the length may be considered to be the distance from the mouth to the most distant headwater source (irrespective of stream name) or from the mouth to the headwaters of the stream commonly identified as the source stream. The names of some rivers, such as the Mississippi River and the Rio Grande, are unchanged from source to mouth. In contrast, the name of the source of the Mobile River—Tickanetley Creek—changes five times before becoming Mobile River 45 miles north of Mobile Bay. The lengths of meandering rivers, such as the Mississippi River south of Cairo, Ill., undergo significant changes in length from time to time because of a natural or excavated cutoff (a channel severing a narrow strip of land, thus bypassing a large bend in a river) that reduces river length and therefore navigation time. For example, between 1766 and 1885, the length of the Mississippi River from Cairo, Ill., to New Orleans, La., was reduced by 218 miles because of 18 cutoffsSource(s): http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1987/ofr87-242/
- JeaneneLv 44 years ago
Alaska is the largest state in the USA. Alaska is 663,267 sq. miles in area, about 3 times larger than 2nd place Texas, which is 268,581 sq. miles in area. Here's a cool fact about Alaska and about it's size. Alaska is so big, it takes up 1/6 of the total land area of the whole United States.
- RangerLv 77 years ago
The other answer is half correct.
1. The Missouri River at 2,540 miles long, (2) The Mississippi River at 2,340 miles longSource(s): rc
- louisLv 57 years ago
Mississippi and rio.grande