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What countries does the Mississippi River flow through?

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The Mississippi River flows through just one country: the United States. Beginning at Lake Itasca in Minnesota, the river winds its way over 2000 miles through the center of the country before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.

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What countries does the Mississippi River flow through?
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The Mississippi is a major world river system because of its length, biological productivity and habitat diversity. When combined with the Missouri River, which flows into the Mississippi, the Mississippi River is the fourth-longest river in the world, behind only the Nile, the Amazon and the Yangtze Rivers. At its headwaters, the Mississippi's average surface speed is around 1.2 miles per hour.

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