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Monday, June 29, 2009

Researchers: Slowing Apalachicola River flow harmful to marine life

Published June 28, 2009 - Tallahassee Democrat
Reducing the flow of the Apalachicola River could have detrimental effects on marine ecosystems, including fish populations, according to a recent study by researchers at Florida State University.

Using satellite ocean color data and an ocean model, the study found that years with low-river flow showed a lesser concentration of phytoplankton, a microscopic plant-like organism that serves as food for bigger organisms, Morey said.

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