STS091-707-027 Mississippi River, Arkansas June 1998
The Mississippi River can be seen traversing the scene from the upper center (north) to the bottom center (south) in this north-looking view. With the state of Tennessee to the east (right) of the river and the state of Arkansas to the west (left) of the river, this portion of the Mississippi lies to the north of Memphis (not visible on the image). The dark forested area near the left center of the image is the Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The small city of Blytheville, Arkansas, barely discernible on the image, is located just to the east (right) of the refuge. The dark forested area on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the state of Tennessee near the center of the image is the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge. Both of these refuges are used by migrating birds especially geese, during the spring and fall of the year. The Hatchie River (narrow forested floodplain) can be seen entering the Mississippi River near the bottom center of the image. The forested area just north of the Hatchie River and on the east bank of the Mississippi River is the Lower Natchie National Wildlife Refuge area.

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