Rivers and Springs

Presented by Joshua Claudio & Francisco Bencon

Rivers & Springs

Rivers and Springs can often be sandy, but sometimes it is exposed limestone, silt, or clay. Inside of the rivers there will most likely to be sand and clay at the bottom and rocks down there too. The rivers and springs is a aquatic ecosystem, which means it there no not a lot of land but a whole bunch of water. There are a lot different rivers and springs out in Florida. Some are Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Three Sisters, Rainbow springs state park, Blue spring state park, and Ichetucknee springs state park. What people will most likely do for fun in rivers and springs are either look and observe the animals there or will go in a kayak and start kayaking. Then finally some endangered species in the rivers and springs are the Florida Manatee, American Alligator, and the Snapping Turtle. https://www.google.com/maps/search/rivers+and+springs+florida/@29.579541,-82.4235125,8z/data=!3m1!4b1

Abiotic Characteristics

The rivers and springs is an aquatic ecosystem. Some Abiotic Characteristics in rivers and springs are: Sand- bottom streams are slightly acidic and moderately colored, swamp-and-bog streams are very acidic and darkly colored, calcareous streams are cool, clear, and alkaline, and large rivers carry considerable silt and clay and are always muddy. Then some basic abiotic characteristics are: water, air/oxygen, rocks/pebbles, soil/dirt, clay, and sand.

Biotic Characteristics

Some endangered animals in the rivers and springs are the Florida Manatee, American Alligator, and the Snapping Turtle. Some living organisms are the Snapping turtle, American turtle, beaver, belted kingfisher, blackgum, bladderwort, buttonbush, cattai, cottonwood, crayfish, dragonflies, Florida manatee, mayflies, pickerelweed, red maple, river cooter, river otter, snails, wild rice, and wood duck are apart of the rivers and springs.

River and springs Water lifeblood:

The water lifeblood help the consumers and the Apex Predator. Like the American Alligator and Florida Manatee. It helps all kinds of of the plants and animals/insects that live there even if they are Apex Predators, Consumers, Decomposers, and the Producers.

Rivers and Springs food chain

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Rivers and Springs (Human Impacts)

Some of the things that us humans do everyday that hurts the ecosystem we just don't realize what were doing. Some of these things that humans effect in the rivers and springs ecosystem are: Channelization, dredging, diversion, and dam construction; introduction of exotic plant and fish species; removal of groundwater, followed by saltwater intrusion; industrial pollution.

The positive impacts human has is that human can help animals that are endanger, and it helps raise money for saving animals. An example of positive impact is in blue springs they keep manatees safe from alligators, and other predators. Although we make a lot of mistakes in the environment we still help it.

The Endangered Crocodile

The endangered crocodile A beautiful species Its close to an alligator but stronger faster and smarter in every way. But the beautiful species Are endangered In 1970 there were only a few left in america now with hunting season coming up there is a threat to the species. Now with more species coming to florida like lionfish and Pythons, the crocs have a challenge to stay alive.

American alligator

The classification of the American Alligator.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Reptilia

Superorder: Crocodylomorpha

Order: Crocodilia

Family: Alligatoridae

Genus: Alligator

Species: A. mississippiensis

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An exploration above and below some of the Rivers and Springs in Florida.

Beautiful Kings Bay and Three Sisters Spring,Crystal River Florida