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River Life: Natural rhythms control the cadence of existence

Rhythm of river life

We live in a rhythmic world and hardly realize it. Usually when we think of rhythm, we think of music and the beat of the drums and bass as they set the tempo for the melody. But nature has its …

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River Life: A “hole” lot of interesting creatures

Shipworm holes

Boring is not a description normally associated with river or ocean life — at least not if the definition used means dull and uninteresting. But boring is the topic for this column — not in the unexciting way but in …

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River Life: A Harmonious Ecosystem

Has it ever occurred to you that the St. Johns River is very much like a symphony? Jacksonville is blessed to have an excellent symphony orchestra. I was at the final Jacksonville Symphony Masterworks Concert performance of Mahler’s 5th

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River Life: Why barnacles are a blessing and a curse

By Dr. A. Quinton White

One of the ubiquitous animals in the lower St. Johns River is the barnacle. However, they are both a blessing and a curse as far as life on the river goes. A blessing in that …

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RIVER LIFE: Why Mudflats Are Critical to a Healthy Ecosystem

Growing up in the Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia near Norfolk, we used to play in what we called the “mudflats.” Later, in college and graduate school, I began to appreciate how important these areas were to the ecology of …

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