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Image Caption: The current Mississippi River Delta. The Mississippi has
been in its present course for approximately the last 550 years. This
river provides access to the grain producing regions of the United
States . South Pass is one of the major shipping channels in the
United States. Because of the need to keep the channels dredged much
of the sediment that comes down the Mississippi is now funneled
offshore and does not continue to provide new material to build the
delta.