It’s All About The Rivers

By  | May 14, 2018 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Alabama is one of the most biologically diverse states in the United States, and with regard to some plants and animals, in the world. This diversity is a product of Alabama’s warm, moist climate, its great geologic diversity, and its rich evolutionary past. With more than 4,533 documented species, Alabama ranks fifth among states in terms of overall species diversity, and is first among states east of the Mississippi River.

All due greatly to the streams, rivers and lakes of Alabama.

Water facts for Alabama:

10% of the freshwater resources in the continental United States flow through or originate in Alabama.
Alabama ranks 1st in freshwater fish biodiversity nationally with 325 species.
38% of North American fish species are native to Alabama.
43% of North American freshwater snails are native to Alabama.
51% of North American freshwater turtles are native to Alabama.
60% of North American freshwater mussels are native to Alabama.

source:  R. Scot Duncan, Birmingham-Southern College

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