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The Schuylkill River, pronounced "SKOO-kull" (IPA: /'sku:kəɫ/), is a river in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is a system of phonetic notation devised by linguists to accurately and uniquely represent each of the wide variety of sounds (phones or phonemes) used in spoken human language. ... A U.S. state is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, with the District of Columbia, forms the United States of America. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 255 km 455 km 2. ...


The Delaware Indians were the original permanent settlers in the area of a river they called Ganshohawanee , meaning rushing and roaring waters., later called Schulen-kill, or as it is pronounced today, Schuylkill, “skoo-kull.” The Lenape or Lenni-Lenape (later named Delaware Indians by Europeans) were, in the 1600s, loosely organized bands of Native American people practicing small-scale agriculture to augment a largely mobile hunter-gatherer society in the region around the Delaware River, the lower Hudson River, and western Long Island Sound. ...


The river is approximately 130 miles (209 km) long. Its watershed of around 2000 square miles (5,000 km²) lies entirely within the state of Pennsylvania. The source of its eastern branch starts in the Appalachian Mountains, Tuscarora Springs, near Tamaqua, Schuylkill County; and the west branch starts near Minersville, Pennsylvania and joins in Pottsville, Pennsylvania , Schuylkill County it becomes one stream at the town of Schuylkill Haven. Wissahickon Creek joins it in northwest Philadelphia, and the Schuylkill joins the Delaware River, of which it is the largest tributary, at the site of the former Philadelphia Navy Yard, now the Philadelphia Naval Business Center, just northeast of Philadelphia International Airport. The Murray River in Australia. ... A mile is a unit of distance (or, in physics terminology, length) currently defined as 5,280 feet, 1,760 yards, or 63,360 inches. ... A watershed is a region of land where water drains downhill into a specified body of water, such as a river, lake, sea, ocean or wetland. ... A state is an organized political community occupying a definite territory, having an organized government, and possessing internal and external sovereignty. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 255 km 455 km 2. ... A rainy day in the Great Smoky Mountains, Western North Carolina The Appalachian Mountains are a vast system of North American mountains, partly in Canada, but mostly in the United States, extending as a zone, from 100 to 300 miles wide, running from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, 1500 miles south... A natural spring. ... Tamaqua is a borough located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. ... Location in the state of Pennsylvania Formed Seat Pottsville Area  - Total  - Water 2,027 km² (778 mi²) 11 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... Minersville is a borough located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. ... Motto: Nickname: [[Image:|px|Location of Pottsville, Pennsylvania]] Founded 1806 Incorporated February 19, 1828 County Schuylkill County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor John D. W. Reiley Area  - Total  - Water 10. ... Location in the state of Pennsylvania Formed Seat Pottsville Area  - Total  - Water 2,027 km² (778 mi²) 11 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... A running stream. ... Schuylkill Haven is a borough located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, four miles (6 km) south of Pottsville. ... Wissahickon Creek is a stream in southeastern Pennsylvania. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... Delaware River Watershed The Delaware River is a river on the Atlantic coast of the United States. ... A tributary (or affluent or confluent) is a contributory stream, a river that does not reach the sea, but joins another major river (a parent river), to which it contributes its waters, swelling its discharge. ... The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, formerly Navy Yard, was the first naval shipyard of the United States. ... Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL, ICAO: KPHL) is an airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is the largest airport in the Delaware Valley region. ...


The river was named Schuylkill--"hidden river" in Dutch--by its European discoverer, Arendt Corssen of the Dutch West India Company, after its confluence with the Delaware at League Island that was nearly hidden by dense vegetation. World map showing Europe Europe is conventionally considered one of the seven continents which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiogeographic one. ... Dutch West India Company (Dutch: West-Indische Compagnie or WIC) was a company of Dutch merchants. ... League Island is at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Vegetation is a general term for the plant life of a region; it refers to the ground cover provided by plants, and is, by far, the most abundant biotic element of the biosphere. ...


Major towns and cities on the banks of the river include Pottsville, Schuylkill Haven, Hamburg, Reading, Pottstown, Phoenixville, Norristown, Conshohocken, and Philadelphia. Motto: Nickname: [[Image:|px|Location of Pottsville, Pennsylvania]] Founded 1806 Incorporated February 19, 1828 County Schuylkill County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor John D. W. Reiley Area  - Total  - Water 10. ... Schuylkill Haven is a borough located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, four miles (6 km) south of Pottsville. ... Hamburg is a borough located in Berks County, Pennsylvania. ... City of Reading seal Reading (pronounced red - ing) is the county seat of Berks County, Pennsylvania. ... Pottstown is a borough in Montgomery County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Phoenixville is a borough located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Philadelphia at the junction of French Creek with the Schuylkill River. ... Norristown is a home rule municipality located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 17 miles (27 km) west by north of Philadelphia, on the Schuylkill River, USA. It formerly was a borough operating under Pennsyvanias borough code, its official name is The Borough of Norristown and it is frequently referred to... Conshohocken is a borough located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ...


Points of interest located along the river include the Limerick nuclear power plant facility in Limerick, Valley Forge, site of the camp of the American Continental Army over the winter of 17771778 in the American Revolutionary War in Upper Merrion, and Lower Providence townships. Boathouse Row, a landmark set of boathouse facilities in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia that houses several local college-affiliated or independent crew teams, the former Philadelphia Naval Yard, located near the Schuylkill's confluence with the Delaware River, as well as others. The Limerick nuclear power facility in Pennsylvania has two General Electric boiling water reactor (BWR) units, cooled by natural draft cooling towers. ... Limerick Township is a township located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. ... Recreation of a cabin in which soldiers would have lived at Valley Forge. ... The Continental Army was the unified command structure of the thirteen colonies fighting Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War. ... 1777 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1778 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Combatants American Revolutionaries, France, allies British Empire, allies Commanders George Washington Comte de Rochambeau Nathanael Greene William Howe Henry Clinton Charles Cornwallis Strength {{{strength1}}} {{{strength2}}} Casualties {{{casualties1}}} {{{casualties2}}} The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was the military side of the American Revolution. ... Upper Merion Township is a township located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. ... Lower Providence Township is a township located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. ... Boathouse Row is a Historic Site located in Philadelphia, PA on the banks of the Schuylkill River. ... Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is one of the largest municipal public parks in the world, at over 9,100 acres (37 km²). This figure includes all parkland within the city limits, as all 65 city parks are considered part of Fairmount Park and overseen by the Fairmount Park Commission... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... A coxless pair, sweep-oar rowing to the left of the photo; the bowside rower (or the starboard one, although the British term applied on this occasion) is further towards the bow of the boat. ... The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, formerly Navy Yard, was the first naval shipyard of the United States. ...


The Dad Vail Regatta, an annual crew competition, is held on the Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


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Schuylkill River Heritage Area (121 words)
With the 128-mile Schuylkill River as its spine, (pronounced SKOO-kill, Dutch for Hidden River), our Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area is alive with a remarkable diversity of historic, recreational and cultural attractions.
Along "the Revolutionary River," visitors can shadow the birth of our nation from the cobblestone streets and fabled landmarks of old Philadelphia to the huts and hollows of Valley Forge.
The Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area is managed by the Schuylkill River Greenway Association (SRGA), a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Schuylkill River Research (0 words)
In fact, the Schuylkill is so important that protecting its waters was one of the main reasons the city established Fairmount Park more than two hundred years ago.
What are some of the processes that are affecting nutrients and trace metals in the river?" Researchers like Dr. Velinsky use a variety of techniques, such as spreadsheets and graphical interfaces, to visualize the system and compare what their monitoring data shows to the chemical and biological processes that they would expect to occur.
By looking at the tidal Schuylkill over a long term, researchers are seeing the inputs of and changes brought about by nutrients, chemicals, and metals from throughout the watershed.
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