(Part of the PAESTA In The News - Current Events in Earth and Space Science Series. This series compiles current resources and background materials for recent scientific events in the news. Questions are provided with each topic, written across Bloom's Taxonomic Scale, and can be used for classroom discussion and/or as a writing prompt at the beginning/middle/end of an instructional unit.)
In the spring of 2011, the Mississippi River swelled to historic levels. In 2012, the record-low levels in sections of the Mississippi River have halted cargo traffic.