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Review of Mississippi Delta

Mississippi Delta
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Greenville
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Owner description: Region (Tunica, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Greenville, Indianola, Greenwood, Yazoo County) located at the mouth of the Mississippi River that is characterized by mangrove swamps, subtropical vegetation and animal life.
Greenwood, Mississippi
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Reviewed 16 July 2008

The Mississippi Delta is NOT located at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Delta stretches from Memphis, TN to Vicksburg, MS. The Delta is located about 300 miles north of the mouth of the river which is located at New Orleans, LA. And has an elevation of around 130 feet above sea-level. There are not any mangrove swamps here. There are some cypress swamp regions. But not any mangrove swamps.

The reason I know this is because I was born in Greenville, MS. Lived there for 40 years. And now reside in Greenwood, MS which is located at the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta at the foot of Choctaw Ridge. It is where the Tallahatchie and Yalobusha Rivers converge to form the Yazoo River.

The Mississippi Delta was at one time the mouth of the Mississippi River. But that was eons ago. Probably before there were any human inhabitants in the region. The Delta is a flat region of very fertile farm land.

You will not find "sub-tropical" animals here either. You will find deer, raccoons, armadillos, snakes (cotton-mouth moccasin, copperhead, rattlesnake), squirrels, ducks, geese, hawks, eagles, turkeys, turkey vultures, alligators, bears, bobcats, cattle, horses, rabbits. Many of your typical woodland creatures.

Most of the vegatation you will find will be cotton, corn, soybean, natural forests filled with pine, oak, cottonwood, cypress, magnolia, sycamore, as well as many other species of trees. Oh, and poison ivy.

Our number one commodity is heat. But as they say, "It ain't the heat, it's the humidity". A 90 degree day, with 90 to 95 percent humidity is typical during late spring through early summer. When you step outside it feels like somebody wrapped a warm wet blanket around you. Somedays you can almost feel the water hanging in the air with your hand. Then, in late summer, the humidity drops to around 30 to 40 percent and all you are left with is -- HOT.

I recently enjoyed a trip the the desert southwest and the Grand Canyon. The 100+ degree days there felt like a cool breeze.

The winters int the Delta are cold. We do not get a lot of snow. But we do get our share of ice and sleet. Our winters are wet and humid which makes the cold feel much colder. When we do get snow, it is a heavy wet snow. Not the fluffy powdery stuff you see on TV. I had a roommate in college from New York, who used to complain that the winters in the south are much colder that the winters in New York. He had a difficult time adjusting to the climate.

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