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See The River Atlas

We are pleased to feature our River Atlas! Visit, have a look, and let us know what you think!

“The job of the planner is to wage a determined visualization… speak softly and carry a big map.” – Benton MacKaye, founder of the Appalachian Trail 

A River Atlas : Mapping the Mississippi and a Sense of Where You Are

A River Atlas : Mapping the Mississippi and a Sense of Where You Are

Curated Collections

Just as rivers cut across countries, boundaries, disciplines, practices and fields of knowledge, our River Atlas contains information about rivers all over the world. The River Atlas is organized into a series of curated collections associated with the work and projects of River Life and our partners:

History of the River Atlas

Originally developed in 2010, River Atlas is a collaborative project of River Life and multiple partners, both on- and off-campus.

We’re taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies while maximizing the flexibility of the data that we gather and generate, and making sharing with partners simpler and faster. For more information about the River Atlas download this poster from the 2014 Building Digital Capacity in Graduate Education event.

Contact Us!
Send us a note at to make suggestions for other places we should look, media to track, and stories to tell!
River Life in Video
Come Along for a Water Walk with Kare11 and River Life, and see Gifts at Work: The Mississippi River by the University of Minnesota Foundation
Open Rivers: Rethinking the Mississippi
A joint project of River Life, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Minnesota Libraries, Open Rivers is an interdisciplinary online journal that recognizes the Mississippi River as a space for timely and critical conversations about people, community, water, and place.