Rivers being Alive
what characteristics of living things does a river
have? is a river alive?
Not my field, but I have some thoughts.
I am sure there are exceptions,
but by the nature of things, I
would think a river is alive. It has
a source, the source would be
containing vegetation, which supplies
fish and other living things.
The question, I might struggle with
is a pond alive? By pond I mean
some body of water without a source.
The question then becomes, can a
collection of water produce life?
Say, rainfall collects, or there is a
man made source of water. I can see
plants surving, but unless fish life is
injected, I wonder if it could develop?
Rivers have many living things that depend on them! They have many different
plant and algae kinds that live in the water, on the rocks and logs, and
along the shore. They also contain many microscopic protazoans that are
single celled moving creatures that help decompose any dead matter. Fish and
turtles live in rivers. Many mammals use a river, like otters, racoons,
deer, squirrels, chipmunks, almost any creature that would need to drink.
Birds also use the river to find plants to eat or to fish in.
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Update: June 2012