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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A drained Mississippi River

The Mississippi River in Minneapolis, MN was partially drained in October, 2020, allowing visitors to literally walk the river floor. We located quite a few “treasures” you’d expect on a river bed floor such as tires, glass, and other objects. The river bed was surprisingly soft and made fall feel like a summer beach day.

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Date Taken: 10.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
Copyright: © Marla Khan-Schwartz