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Total nitrogenEdit

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Northern blackwater rivers?Edit

Are those really blackwater? - Aerobird 15:49, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Those large tables, although possibly usefull are quite bad aesthetically. Perhaps make them smaller and maybe stack them along the side of the text.

this article reads like a non native wrote it. please fix, it sounds retarded —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:35, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

Defining Blackwater RiversEdit

Can a black water river have rapids? Intuitively I would say no, but the Suwannee River is listed as a black water river and says in its article that it also has a section of whitewater rapids. It can't be both can it? Or would it be better to state that it is a blackwater river but has a whitewater section? Does that still count as blackwater? Lime in the Coconut 14:09, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I'm no expert, but it seems obvious to me that where this article uses the word "whitewater", it has nothing to do with whitewater rapids, although someone carelessly linked to the whitewater rapids article. Whitewater here just means water lacking the black stain found in blackwater rivers. A blackwater river having whitewater rapids would be unusual but not contradictory (although the actual color of the rapids might be a bit odd). On the other hand, I wouldn't be surprised if the Suwannee River isn't blackwater in its upper reaches where the rapids are, and if so that article should say so.Wildbirdz (talk) 19:53, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
I've spent time along various parts of the Suwannee, including at these rapids, named Big Shoals and Little Shoals. The Suwannee has all the characteristics of a blackwater river both before and after the rapids, as well as far upstream where it flows out of the Okefenokee Swamp. My understanding is that whitewater in regards to rapids is so named because of the white appearance formed by the turbulence, similar to whitecaps on the ocean or cascades (waterfalls). Speaking of which, blackwater rivers can and do have cascades, and they also appear white, even with all the present tannins. This doesn't undermine the status of a blackwater river. See Blackwater Falls in West Virginia. (talk) 03:33, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

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