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Life of a River - Biology
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Rivers are indeed ribbons of life-complex, productive, valuable communities of terrestrial and aquatic plants and animals joined and sustained by the many forces, interactions, and pathways that make up a living stream. But river systems are much more than simply the narrow corridor of the waterway itself. The ribbon of water weaves through a rich landscape tapestry teeming with life-full of vibrant sounds, smells, sights, and the continual mystery of birth, death, and renewal.

While all of us benefit from clean, healthy streams, few are in a position to fully realize the extent of the great variety of life forms that live in a stream system. As canoeists, we may see the osprey and beaver. As anglers we may know the stream's gamefish, but stream life is far more complex than that.

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Introduction
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Quality
Life
Description
Terrestrial plants
Terrestrial animals
Life cycles
Corridors
Refuges
Aquatic habitats
Adaptations
Continuum concept
Relationships
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