Out of Toronto 4.0
Geography and Climate
(lifted from Wikipedia)
1.The history and economic growth of Minneapolis are tied to water, the city’s defining physical characteristic, which was brought to the region during the last ice age ten thousand years ago. Ice blocks deposited in valleys by retreating glaciers created the lakes of Minneapolis.30 Fed by a receding glacier and Lake Agassiz, torrents of water from a glacial river cut the Mississippi riverbed and created the river’s only waterfall, St. Anthony Falls, important to the early settlers of Minneapolis.31
Downtown skyline in view over Lake Calhoun and its dock
Lying on an artesian aquifer5 and flat terrain, Minneapolis has a total area of 58.4 square miles (151.3 km2) and of this 6% is water.32 Water supply is managed by four watershed districts that correspond to the Mississippi and the city’s three creeks.33 Twelve lakes, three large ponds, and five unnamed wetlands are within Minneapolis.33
The city center is located at 45° N latitude.34 The city’s lowest elevation of 686 feet (209 m) is near where Minnehaha Creek meets the Mississippi River. The site of the Prospect Park Water Tower is often cited as the city’s highest point35 and a placard in Deming Heights Park denotes the highest elevation. A spot at 974 feet (297 m) in or near Waite Park in Northeast Minneapolis, however, is corroborated by Google Earth as the highest ground.
2. Saint Paul’s history and growth as a landing port are tied to water. The city’s defining physical characteristic, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, was carved into the region during the last ice age, as were the steep river bluffs and dramatic palisades on which the city is built. Receding glaciers and Lake Agassiz forced torrents of water from a glacial river that undercut the river valleys.36 The city is situated in east-central Minnesota.
The Mississippi River forms a municipal boundary on part of the city’s west, southwest, and southeast sides. Minneapolis, the state’s largest city, lies to the west. Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Roseville, and Maplewood are north, with Maplewood lying to the east. The cities of West Saint Paul and South Saint Paul are to the south, as are Lilydale, Mendota, and Mendota Heights, although across the river from the city. The city’s largest lakes are Pig’s Eye Lake, which is part of the Mississippi, Lake Phalen, and Lake Como. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 56.18 square miles (145.51 km2), of which 51.98 square miles (134.63 km2) is land and 4.20 square miles (10.88 km2) is water.1
Well lake Calhoun would be very wealthy and you might flood northeast mpls in St. Paul you’d flood the lower part of west St. Paul to protect downtown and bluffs