Map Monday: River Basins of America

In a departure from transit and housing, today we present a map created by Imgur user Fejetlenfej. This map shows the massive expanse of river basins across the United States, especially those which feed the Mississippi River.

America's river basins

The rivers that feed the Mississippi are in hot pink.

For those looking for high ground as we start to flood this spring, there is also an elevation map that includes some river data. We know several midwestern states are already in trouble, and the rest of March is not going to be great:

Elevation Map of the US

Both of these maps give clues to flow-through and land that will end up underwater as global climate change accelerates. Minnesota is likely to stay mostly land-mass, but as such it becomes a target for those people whose land will be gone. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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5 Responses to Map Monday: River Basins of America

  1. Elizabeth Larey March 18, 2019 at 12:57 pm #

    What a cool post! Thanks for sharing

  2. sheldon mains March 18, 2019 at 1:03 pm #

    Why does it combine the Hudson Bay watershed with the Great Lakes (into Atlantic) watershed? One flows north, the other easterly

    • Russ Booth March 19, 2019 at 8:22 am #

      I agree. There should be three colors near Hibbing to reflect the triple continental divide located there.

    • Julie Kosbab March 19, 2019 at 9:01 am #

      I suspect some simplification by the creator (not me) to make it manageable and also attractive.

  3. Bob Roscoe March 18, 2019 at 1:11 pm #

    Those maps are a work of art! Thank you

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