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Life At the River's Edge

Mississippi A river like the Mississippi is no less regular than the Nile in its tendency to flood. The flood of 1993 was unusual in that it reached well beyond the "100-year flood" level.

Now that the flood of 1993 has come and gone, does that mean there won't be a flood of this size on the Mississippi for another 99 years? Not at all. This year and every year, there's a one percent chance that it could happen again.

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