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Comment: 14:27 - 15:11 (00:44)
Source: Annenberg/CPB Resources - Earth Revealed - 20. Running Water II: Landscape Evolution
Keywords: "Mississippi River", "Atchafalaya River", river, "stream course", sea, "New Orleans", "Old River", "Gulf of Mexico", "stream capture"

Our transcription: In its continuing search for the shortest route to the sea, the Mississippi has found a comrade.
At one time a mere trickle compared to the Mississippi, the Atchafalaya is now a mighty predator; the Mississippi, a willing prey.
The fight to control the Mississippi has escalated from a battle into a war.
Approximately 150 miles north of New Orleans, these two rivers have come perilously close together, linked by an abandoned loop of the Mississippi called "Old River."
The Atchafalaya offers the Mississippi a route to the Gulf that is 175 miles shorter than its present course.

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