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America’s Veins Revealed

leah kirk

A stunning new map shows the complex network of rivers and streams in the contiguous United States. Created by Imgur Fejetlenfej, a geographer and GIS analyst with a “lifelong passion for beautiful maps,” it highlights the massive expanse of river basins across the country – in particular, those which feed the Mississippi River.

The map visualizes Strahler Stream Order Classification, the creator explains, with higher stream orders indicated as thicker lines. It was created using the open-source QGIS software, and the high resolution prints are available on Etsy.

There are 18 major river basins in the 48 states of the contiguous US, but much of the map is dominated by the massive catchment area for the Mississippi River, including the Upper and Lower Mississippi River Basins, along with Missouri River Basin and the Arkansas-White-Red Basin, as seen in pink. The top left portion of the map shows much of the Pacific Northwest basin, illustrated in a brownish-orange color. The Upper and Lower Colorado River basins stand out as well, in bright yellow. 

 

THE MAJOR US RIVER BASINS 

There are 18 major river basins in the United States:

1.) Pacific Northwest Basin

2.) California River Basin

3.) Great Basin

4.) Lower Colorado River Basin

5.) Upper Colorado River Basin

6.) Rio Grande River Basin

7.) Texas Gulf Coast Basin

8.) Arkansas-White-Red Basin

9.) Lower Mississippi River Basin

10.) Missouri River Basin

11.) Souris-Red-Rainy Basin

12.) Upper Mississippi Basin

13.) Great Lakes Basin

14.) Tennessee River Basin

15.) Ohio River Basin

16.) South Atlantic-Gulf Basin

17.) Mid-Atlantic Basin

18.) New England Basin