The largest, shown in pink, reveals basins for the Mississippi, Missouri, and Arkansas rivers
Other basins, including Pacific Northwest, Upper and Lower Colorado, and Great Lakes are shown
A stunning new map shows the complex network of rivers and streams in the contiguous United States.
Created by Imgur user 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.
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It was created using the open-source QGIS software, and the high-resolution prints are available on Etsy.
The top left portion of the map shows much of the Pacific Northwest basin, illustrated in a brownish-orange color.
And, the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins stand out as well, in bright yellow.
In the map, the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins stand out in bright yellow. This can be seen in both the black (top) and white (bottom) versions of the image
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, Missouri, and Arkansas rivers, as seen in pink