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Without a doubt the Mississippi River is the most important river in the US However its tributaries are just as important The Missouri and Ohio rivers are the largest tributaries of the Mississippi and perhaps the most important The largest tributary of the Mississippi River the Missouri originates at the junction of the Jefferson Madison and Gallatin rivers in southwestern Montana It flows 2714 miles 4368 km to join the Mississippi It is the longest river in the US and its drainage basin covers about 529400 square miles 1371100 sq km The Ohio River is one of the chief rivers in North America also It is shorter than the Missouri however as it flows a total of 981 miles1579 km The Ohio originates at the junction of the Alleghery and Monongahelo rivers in Pittsburgh PA Its drainage basin covers 204000 square miles 528000 sq km which is considerably smaller than that of the Missouri The upper Missouri River flows eastward across the high plains of Montana and joins the Yellowstone River near the North Dakota border It then flows southward across the high plains of North and South Dakota Tributaries that flow into the Missouri are the Little Missouri Cheyenne White Niobrara James and Big Sioux rivers The Missouri continues southeastward and meets the Platte River near Omaha Nebraska The river flows on to Kansas City where the Kansas River enters from the west The rivers course turns eastward across Missouri to Saint Louis where it joins the Mississippi The Ohio River has a much different flow than the Missouri The Ohio River flows through southwestern Pennsylvania then further southwest to form the southern border of Ohio and the northern border of West Virginia Here it flows through Cincinnati Ohio Next it forms the southern border of Indiana and part of the northern border of Kentucky Louisville Kentucky and Evansville Indiana are major cities this river flows through The Ohio ends up forming
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