The US Army Corps of Engineers detonated explosives at the Birds Point levee near Wyatt, Missouri, on May 2. Water from the intentional breach flooded a 130,000-acre stretch of land. Two more breaches were detonated on May 3 and 5. This image from the Advanced Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the resultant flooding of farmland west of the Mississippi 20 miles south of the levee breach. On the image, vegetation is displayed in red, bare fields in gray and water in blue. NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
This combination of photos of the Mississippi River flooding near Memphis, Tenn,. released on May 11, shows images from the Thematic Mapper on NASA's Landsat 5 satellite captured on April 21, 2010, top, and May 10, 2011, bottom. The Mississippi River crested in Memphis at nearly 48 feet on May 10, falling short of its all-time record but still soaking low-lying areas with enough water to require a massive cleanup. NASA/AP
This photo shows Arkansas after heavy flooding in early May. NASA
Arkansas before the flood is seen in this late-April photo (top). The same view is seen on May 10, during flooding (bottom). NASA
This combination of photos shows images captured on April 21, 2010 (r.) and May 10, 2011 (l.). Muddy water (upper right to lower left) has pushed over the Mississippi's banks both east and west of the normal river channel. Floodwaters span the distance between Memphis and West Memphis, and also fill a flood plain extending to an industrial park northwest of Treasure Island. NASA/AP
The junction of the Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri Rivers is seen in August, 1993 during heavy flooding. NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
The mighty Mississippi River, from its source at Lake Itasca, Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, is approximately 3,780 kilometers long and has flooded many times during its history. In April 2001, residents of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois once again battled near-record water levels. These Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer images, acquired one month apart, illustrate the effects of snowmelt and heavy rainfall on areas traversed by the upper Mississippi River. NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team
This is a false-color L-band image of an area near Glasgow, Missouri. The image was acquired by the space shuttle Endeavour on its 50th orbit on October 3, 1994. This radar data was used to evaluate changes associated with levee breaks in landforms, where deposits formed during the widespread flooding in 1993 along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. NASA/JPL-Caltech
In mid-May 2002, heavy rains gave rise to floods all across the midwestern United States, killing 8 people and forcing many more from their homes. This false-color image shows the junction of the Ohio River and the Mississippi River where the flooding was at its worst. The image was acquired by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft. NASA
Weekend storms dumped heavy rain over Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee on September 23 and 24, 2006. More than 10 inches of rain fell over parts of the region, giving rise to flash floods that killed 12 people, reported the Associated Press. By September 25, the clouds had cleared, providing the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite this view of the floods. NASA
The confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at Cairo, Illinois is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 12 crew member on the International Space Station in 2006. The Ohio River becomes a tributary of the Mississippi River directly to the south of Cairo, Illinois, a small city on the spit of land where the rivers converge (at center of image). Brown sediment-laden water flowing generally northeast to south from the Ohio River is distinct from the green and relatively sediment-poor water (northwest- to south-flowing) of the Mississippi River. NASA
This is a false-color L-Band image of an area near Glasgow, Missouri. The distinct radar scattering properties of farmland, sand fields and scoured areas were used to inventory flood plains along the Missouri River and determine the processes by which these areas return to preflood conditions. NASA
The junction of the Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri Rivers is seen flooded in August 1993. NASA/GSFC
The Mississippi meanders south of New Orleans on August 30, 2005. The largest body of water is Lake Pontchartrain. NASA
Negotiators from over 190 countries have failed to agree on a global warming pact in the two weeks allocated for the UN climate talks, which were scheduled to end Friday in Lima, Peru.
U.N. talks on a new global warming pact went into overtime Saturday as negotiators considered a draft agreement that environmentalists complain fails to clearly define the responsibilities countries are due to accept at a key summit in Paris next year.