Flows of Largest U.S. Rivers -- Length, Discharge, and Drainage Area

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 356):

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This dataset consists of a table of 41 rows and 9 columns.

This is table 356 from the US Statistical Abstract about the topic Flows of Largest U.S. Rivers — Length, Discharge, and Drainage Area


  1. From source to mouth.
  2. Drainage area includes both the U.S. and Canada.
  3. The length from the source of the Missouri River to the Mississippi
    River and thence to the Gulf of Mexico is about 3,710 miles.
  4. Includes about 167,000 cubic ft. per second diverted from the
    Mississippi into the Atchafalaya River but excludes the flow of the Red River.
  5. Excludes the drainage areas of the Red and Atchafalaya Rivers.
  6. In east-central Louisiana, the Red River flows into the Atchafalaya
    River, a distributary of the Mississippi River. Data on average
    discharge, length, and drainage area include the Red River, but exclude
    all water diverted into the Atchafalaya from the Mississippi River.
  7. Less than 15,000 cubic feet per second.


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