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The Geography of Mississippi

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Longitude / Latitude Longitude: 88° 7' W to 91° 41' W
Latitude: 30° 13' N to 35° N
Mississippi map
Mississippi base and elevation maps
Length x Width Mississippi is 340 miles long and 170 miles wide.  
Geographic Center
Explanation
The geographic center of Mississippi is located in Leake County, 9 miles WNW of Carthage.
Longitude: 89° 43.0'W
Latitude: 32° 48.9'N
 
Borders Mississippi is bordered by Tennessee on the north and the Gulf of Mexico on the south. On the east, Mississippi borders Alabama and on the west, Mississippi borders Arkansas and Louisiana.
Total Area Mississippi covers 48, 434 square miles, making it the 32nd largest of the 50 states.
Land Area 46,914 square miles of Mississippi are land areas.
Water Area 1,520 square miles of Mississippi are covered by water.
Highest Point The highest point in Mississippi is Woodall Mountain. Hardly a mountain, Woodall Mountain is only 806 feet above sea level.
Lowest Point The lowest point in Mississippi is along the shore at the Gulf of Mexico; sea level.
Mean Elevation The Mean Elevation of the state of Mississippi is 300 feet above sea level.
Major Rivers Mississippi River, Big Black River, Pearl River, Yazoo River
Major Lakes Ross Barnett Reservoir, Arkabutla Lake, Sardis Lake, Grenada Lake

The Land

Low fertile delta between the Yazoo and Mississippi Rivers. Loess (buff to yellowish brown loamy deposits left by the wind) bluffs stretch around the delta border followed sandy Gulf coastal terraces, piney woods, and prairie. High sandy hills in the northeast and black prairie belt, Pontotoc Ridge, and flatlands turning north to central highlands.

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Climate (All temperatures Fahrenheit)
Highest Temperature The highest temperature recorded in Mississippi is 115°, Fahrenheit. This record high was recorded on July 29, 1930 at Holly Springs.
Lowest Temperature The lowest temperature in Mississippi, -19°, was recorded on January 30, 1966 at Corinth.
Average Temperature Monthly average temperatures range from a high of 92.5 degrees to a low of 34.9 degrees.
Climate Average yearly precipitation for Mississippi, from 1971 to 2000, is shown on this chart from Oregon State University.
Sources:
The World Almanac of the U.S.A. by Allan Carpenter and Carl Provorse, Copyright © 1998
John Ray Skates, Jr. and Robert W. Wales, "Mississippi," World Book Online Americas Edition, http://www.worldbookonline.com/wbol/wbPage/na/ar/co/364600, August 15, 2001.
The United States Geological Survey Website
Maps.com http://www.maps.com
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