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View Diary: Drought and Low Water: The Mississippi May Be Unnavigable Within Weeks (191 comments)

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  •  Duluth is not anywhere near the Mississippi. (0+ / 0-)

    Land-based transport is required - and for quite a distance - to get anything to the Duluth port from the Twin Cities, which is the furthest north the Mississippi is navigable.

    It's a very important port, but I'm not sure how much of its exports come from stuff shipped north on the Mississippi. A large amount of its tonnage is in taconite, mined in the northern half of the state and railed or trucked to the port.

    Grains are definitely shipped out of there as well, but I'm not as familiar with the trading patterns and transfers involved. I just know they aren't popping off the Mississippi and onto a boat unless Harry Potter is involved.

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