Island Mangroves

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Mangrove Trees Lamb Island

Mangrovesare a group oftreesand shrubs that live in the coastal intertidal zone. There are about 80 different species ofmangrove trees. All of thesetreesgrow in areas with low-oxygen soil, where slow-moving waters allow fine sediments to accumulate. https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/mangroves.html

Mangroves are remarkably tough. Most live on muddy soil, but some also grow on sand, peat, and coral rock. They live in water up to 100 times saltier than most other plants can tolerate. They thrive despite twice-daily flooding by ocean tides; even if this water were fresh, the flooding alone would drown most trees. Growing where land and water meet, mangroves bear the brunt of ocean-borne storms and hurricanes. https://www.amnh.org/explore/videos/biodiversity/mangroves-the-roots-of-the-sea/what-s-a-mangrove-and-how-does-it-work

These amazing trees and shrubs: https://www.amnh.org/explore/videos/biodiversity/mangroves-the-roots-of-the-sea/what-s-a-mangrove-and-how-does-it-work

  • cope with salt:Saltwater can kill plants, so mangroves must extract freshwater from the seawater that surrounds them. Many mangrove species survive by filtering out…

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