By: South River Federation
Ever wondered what happens to the South River during the winter? When the air temperature reaches low temperatures, the cold air will encourage the creation of ice on the river’s surface. Ice floats on the top of the river, acting as a cover, while the river continues to flow underneath. This allows aquatic life to survive under the ice.
Algae can continue to grow, even in the wintertime. Some species of algae are adapted to survive in cold temperatures. The amount of winter algae growth that occurs is largely dependent on how much light and nutrients are available. On sunny days, light is able to travel through the ice cover and be used by algae for photosynthesis. This is important because this process will provide oxygen to the other organisms also living under the ice.
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