A favorite natural ecosystem of mine in my local area is the Illinois River. The Illinois River is used for a lot of different things in the community. The Illinois River is a huge tourist attraction for river rafting, canoeing, and camping. I know this first hand because I drowned while river rafting this summer. The river also provides local farmers with rich moist soil. That is why the Tahlequah farmers market is thriving each season. Another very common use for the river is for septic systems. The main function of a river is to transport water from head waters to the ocean. The natural process is never ending the hydrologic cycle returns river run off to the sea. For surface water the cycle lasts 11 days (all surface water is replaced every 11 days). Rivers provide a source of fresh water that is replenish able within a short time frame. Rivers carry a different source of water though. The Illinois River carries liquid water but it also carries some solids. Suspended solids (sediments) are small solid particles which remain in suspension in water as a colloid. The other main solid the Illinois River carries are dissolved solids (mostly salts). This is repetitive but rivers carry these solids to the ocean it is any rivers main role. The Illinois River has a dissolved salt content ranging from as low as 50 parts per million (ppm) near the head waters to as much as 1000 ppm in the lower reaches. The amount changes every year depending on Oklahoma weather. In the summer it is normal for Oklahoma temperatures to range from 98 degrees to 105 degrees. This causes the Illinois River to produce a lot of salt this is because it is released from all the waste in the river. The Illinois River doesn't have horrible waste compared to a lot of rivers like the Mississippi River. But I have definitely witnessed people just pouring cans of beer in the river. In Oklahoma there is a lot of irrigation this produces salt. The crops evapotranspire a huge amount of water. The crops release good and not so good nutrients from the underlying soil and rock. The Illinois river has suffered a lot of damage from irrigation, heat, and tourists. Since Oklahoma is very protective of our natural ecosystems laws have been put in place to protect the Illinois River. The only changes that occur on the river are usually natural (like salinity levels, wild life, drought, or flooding) because the laws put in place prohibit people from even littering in the river. Also, a lot of people volunteer to clean the river up. The Illinois River is a pretty clean river in a lot of parts the water is not muggy at all you can see to the bottom. There is not a lot of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in the Illinois River. The total amount of…
The world is made up of 2/3 water. This includes rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. This also includes oceans and is affected by water pollution, clean-up, and the water cycle.
Rivers and streams
Rivera and streams can be very disparate, but they can also be very analogous. When you think river, you think small body of water flowing on different surfaces all over the planet. But what is a river really? It’s…
CAPE FEAR RIVER
The Cape Fear River Basin, which is completely contained within the state of North Carolina, is the largest river basin in the state. The basin starts in the north central Piedmont region, near Greensboro and High Point, and ends on the coast. There are 9,324 square miles in the basin or 16.5% of the total land area. The Cape Fear also contains the largest number of stream miles – 6,204 miles.
The Cape Fear River Basin contains all or part of 27 counties. The counties are…
May 1, 2012
Period 7, Ms. Davis
Illinois State Project
A. Name of state: Illinois, Meaning: name of Native American Indian tribe meaning “tribe of superior men”
B. Location of state in the U.S: Situated in the eastern north-central US, Region name: Midwestern region
C. Some unusual facts about Illinois:
1. The cities, Ottawa, Freeport, Jonesboro, Charleston, Galesburg, Quincy and Alton all hosted the famous Lincoln-Douglas…
Ecosystems at Risk - The Great Barrier Reef
By Rhiannon Stewart-White
Introduction: Every ecosystems functioning is dependent on the Earths four complex overlapping spheres, (the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and the biosphere.) These linkages enable ecosystems to work in a state of dynamic equilibrium. An ecosystem is the intense link of biotic and abiotic environments. A major ecosystem and tourist attraction in Australia is The Great Barrier Reef, which roughly covers an amazing 2300…
Purpose: Research the Internet and other sources to analyze the effects of water diversions on surrounding ecosystems and human communities. Compare and contrast the problems and successes of various water diversions and describe possible remediations.
Intro: Humans have been diverting water for irrigation, flood control, and a constant drinking supply for thousands of years. When populations were small, the diversions were small. Over the last 150 years human populations have grown rapidly and…
Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri, was above the flood stage for 144 days between 1st April and 30th September, 1993.
* Approximately 3 billion cubic meters of water overflowed from the river channel onto the floodplain downstream from St. Louis.
* Seventeen thousand square miles of land were covered by floodwaters in a region covering all or parts of nine states, which were: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.
Pipkin,Whitney. “DC passes laws to improve Anacostia’s water quality.” Chesapeake Bay Journal 24.6 (2014): 15. Academic Journal. Print.
DC passes laws to improve Anacostia’s water quality
In the District of Columbia, they have made up a four year plan to help detoxify the Anacostia River. The Anacostia River Toxics Remediation Act was passed at then end of June in 2014. They originally planned to be finished with the cleanup in the river by June 30, 2017 but they changed the date to make sure…
Course of White Water River from its Source to its Mouth
The river starts at Pigeon Rock Mountain.
The river flows in a southerly direction from its source to its mouth.
The height of the land is 348 metres above sea level.
The river has steep valley sides.
It is a V-shaped valley as it is evident on map.
The tributaries that join the river include Yellow water and Pigeon Rock River.
Meaning of key words in investigation
Source: The source of headwaters of a river or stream is the…
Worlds Largest Natural
Location: LAT_ 29.1508480 N LONG_89.2508700 W
South Central Shoreline of US on north side of Gulf of Mexico
The Mississippi River Delta is home to a large host of
living or biotic things. They are as diverse as the waters
that converge to form the region. From animals such as
alligators, wild pigs and beavers; to magnificent fowls
such as Brown Pelicans and the Snow Goose.…
An ecosystem includes all of the living things (plants, animals and organisms) in a given area, interacting with each other, and also with their non-living environments (weather, earth, sun, soil, climate, atmosphere).In an ecosystem, each organism has its’ own role to play. Usually, biotic members of an ecosystem, together with their abiotic factors depend on each other. This means the absence of one member, or one abiotic factor can affect all parties of the ecosystem. A new organism…