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Aquatic Plants Adapt to Survive
To be an aquatic plant, cannot be easy. All plants need carbon, light and nutrients to survive, grow, and flourish. Terrestrial plants can easily gather all of these items and reproduction is aided by wind and insects. However, aquatic plants are true survivors and have an amazing in their ability to survive.

Aquatic plants have adjusted to the need to gather carbon by having floating leaves such as cabbage plants and pond lilies; or having lacy leaves that move vibrantly for maximum exposure such as northern milfoil. Nutrients can be acquired through root systems, but can also absorb nutrients through their skin, such as watermeal which doesn’t have a root. Other plants such as bladderwort and the pitcher plant are carnivorous, gathering nutrients through their prey.

 
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Invasive and Now Not - July 1st marked the end of a ban on the use of felt-soled waders in order to prevent the spread of a type of algae called “rock snot.” The algae were thought to be invasive in the Northeast, but researchers have now concluded the aquatic algae are in fact native to the northern United States.


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