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Image Caption: This view of St. Louis, MO (39.0N, 90.0W) and the Mississippi River shows a very good example of urban development on the vulnerable flood plains of a meandering river. Despite a system of levees and dikes to channel current and water flow, rain swollen rivers may often change their riverbeds and the ground scars of the former meanderings of the river are easily seen in the fertile river bottom land between the cliffs on either side of the river.