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Centennial Park is in Englewood Colorado near the South Platte River! There is the main Centennial Pond! The place where I took the water sample from is a little elbow shaped piece of Water that lies between the Platte and Centennial Lake! The Main Lake has a culvert which drains excess water from Centennial Lake! This flow from the culvert flows as a small body of water which eventually flows to the elbow shaped body of water! The Elbow body of water flows into the South Platte at the Mary Carter GreenwayPic! There is a bridge on the Greenway over this flow in! !


I choose to take water from the elbow instead of the lake because it seemed a much more interesting place to investigate! Here is a picture of the area I took the water from in the elbowPic! Here is a Picture of where the flow from the pond enters the elbowPic! As you can see there is a lot of shallow water with good growth of algae on the sidesPic! Here is the general area I took the water sample fromPic! As for the water the PH was between 7.0 and 7.5, The Ammonia and Nitrate was both not measurable with the pond kit, the salt level was between 0.00 and 0.02 Percent! The Oxygen was way below 2 mg/L! Which was odd because I actually captured a small fish in the water sample I took! And in the elbow part near the South Platte, which was deeper and more trench like with no trees or any surface growth of algae, people were actually fishing! In the shallow part I took the water from, there were green algae mats and strands further out in the elbow! Near the shore was an orange colored algae mats with oily orange metallic sheens on the water surface near the shore!

As for the general area, Centennial Park was surrounded by developments on three sides with the South Platte on its East side! It appears to be a heavily used urban park! It was a dog free lease park where as usual there was no respect for the rule to restrain your dog when it gets around other people! The geese in the park's lake seemed very nervous around people even when they were quite far out in the lake! So, there must be some sort of harassment going on! The birds in the South Platte seemed not to be so scared of peoplePic! I also saw a small heron on the lake; but it too flew off before I could capture its image! Besides the fish I caught in the samples, there were a lot of frogs and tadpoles evident in the elbow body of water!

Map of Centennial Park, the Lake and the Elbow!!!!

Pictues of Centennial Park, the Lake, the elbow and the South Platte River! !!

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Findings from the Microscope at Various days from The Elbow shaped body of water at Centennial Park in Englewood Colorado!!


Findings from Day 1 From Centennial Elbow!!!

Findings from Day Three from water from the Centennial Elbow!!

Findings from Day 33 from water from the Centennial Elbow - Final Examination!!

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This page last updated on October 4, 2004.