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The USGS Land Cover Institute (LCI)


  Mississippi Land Cover
Capital Jackson
Largest City Jackson
Area Ranked 32nd
Total 46,906.96 sq mi
Population Ranked 31st
Total (2000) 2,844,658
Density 60.6/sq mi
Elevation
Highest point Woodall Mountain 806 ft (246 m)
Lowest point Gulf of Mexico 0 ft (0 m)
Mississippi Land Cover

Mississippi is composed of two distinct regions: the Mississippi Alluvial Plain and the East Gulf Coastal Plain. The Mississippi Alluvial Plain is found in western Mississippi. The region is largest in the north and central western portions of the State and narrows significantly down the southwestern border. Cultivated crops are the predominant land cover type, with cotton and soybeans being the principal agricultural commodities of this region. Another type of agricultural commodity now found in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain region is farm-raised catfish. Woody wetlands, pasture, grasslands, and mixed forest are other land cover types that can be found in the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. The remainder of the State is included within the East Gulf Coastal Plain, a region characterized by rolling hills, pasture, and lowlands. Pine is one of the most common types of forest in this part of the State, and the most commercially valuable, sustaining a substantial wood-based industry. Pasture and cultivated crop land cover is interspersed throughout the East Gulf Coastal Plain. Woody wetlands are the dominant land cover type within the lowlands of this region, such as river valleys.