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What the Flooding Mississippi Means for America's Dinner

If there's any silver lining to the Mississippi's meandering path this spring, it's to signal the return of fish and fertile soils.

In 1944, a cartographer named Harold Fisk traced the mighty Mississippi River, as it flowed in his day, with a thin, snaking line of white. He pored over geological maps and added a series of earth-toned ribbons showing where he thought the river had flowed in previous decades.

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