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The Mississippi River is the second longest river in North America. The Mississippi River is 2,350 miles from its source at Lake Itasca to the center of the continental United States to the Gulf of Mexico. Only the Missouri River is longer. It is one of the United States most important commercial waterways. Native Americans lived along the Mississippi River banks and use the river for sustenance and transportation.
A river is a natural flowing water that is usually freshwater flowing towards the ocean, sea, lake or another River. In some cases a River may flow into the ground and become dry at the end of its course without reaching another body of water. Water generally collects and forms a River from precipitation, surface runoff or natural springs from underground or snow pack. Many human settlements surround rivers because they contain a fresh water source.