Mississippi is located in the southern region of the United States and is bordered on the north by Tennessee, on the east by Alabama, on the south by Louisiana and a narrow coast on the Gulf of Mexico, and on the west, across the Mississippi River, by Louisiana and Arkansas. Major rivers in Mississippi, apart from its namesake, include the Big Black River, the Pearl River, the Yazoo, the Pascagoula, and the Tombigbee. Major lakes include Ross Barnett Reservoir, Arkabutla Lake, Sardis Lake and Grenada Lake.
Nearly 10,000 BCE, Native Americans arrived in what today is referred to as the South Region. Paleoindians in the South who pursued megafuana were hunter-gatherers that became extinct following the end of the Pleistocene age. After thousands of years, the Paleoindians developed a rich and complex agricultural society. These people were called Mound Builders by Archaeologists whose large earthworks related to political and religious rituals still stand throughout the Mississippi and Ohio valleys. Descendant Native American tribes include the Chickasaw and Choctaw. Other tribes who inhabited the territory of Mississippi (and whose names were honored in local towns) include the Natchez, the Yazoo, and the Biloxi.
Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate with long summers and short, mild winters. Temperatures average about 85°F in July and about 48°F in January. The temperature does not vary a lot in the summer, but in the winter, Mississippi is significantly warmer than other inland states. The recorded temperature in Mississippi has ranged from -19 °F in 1966 to 115°F in 1930. Yearly precipitation generally increases from north to south, with the regions closer to the Gulf being the most humid. Thus, the northwest gets about 50 inches of precipitation annually, and the south gets about 61 inches. Small amounts of snow fall in northern and central Mississippi, although snow is not unheard of around the southern part of the state.
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