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What’s a Mangrove?
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What’s a Mangrove?

That dense tangle of roots at the intersection of land and saltwater is a mangrove forest.

These trees can’t stand freezing temperatures, but they have adapted to salty, muddy tropical and subtropical coastlines. There they slow the tidal waters to help protect against erosion while providing food and shelter to fish and other organisms.

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Life in a Saltwater Environment

Life in a Saltwater Environment

Living where land and sea meet, about 80 species of mangroves thrive in hot, salty environments that other plants can’t tolerate. More...

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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Corwin’s Quest: Mangrove Mudskipper

Corwin’s Quest: Mangrove Mudskipper

Conservationist Jeff Corwin shows adaptations the mudskipper fish has made for living on land in a mangrove: eyes on top of its head, water-filled gills, and limb-like fins to scoot around. More...

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Animal Planet
Restoring Mangroves May Prove Cheap Way to Cool Climate

Restoring Mangroves May Prove Cheap Way to Cool Climate

Mangrove forests absorb carbon dioxide at a remarkable rate. So saving and restoring these ecosystems may help offset climate change. More...

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Scientific American
Sharks & Shorelines

Sharks & Shorelines

Often portrayed as monsters in movies, sharks actually help protect ocean ecosystems. Swim along with lemon sharks to see why they're crucial in keeping mangroves healthy. More...

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EARTH A New Wild/PBS
Mangroves: Flooded Forests

Mangroves: Flooded Forests

Look at this gallery of drop roots, prop roots, and snorkel roots: Some grow above water, while others dip deep — all in the ecologically diverse mangrove habitat More...

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National Geographic
Mangroves: One Species at a Time

Mangroves: One Species at a Time

Scientists Candy Feller and Dennis Whigham describe in a podcast life among red mangroves, threats to the forests, and why it's important they should be saved. More...

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Smithsonian
Migrating Mangroves and Marshes

Migrating Mangroves and Marshes

Watch a video to discover how to identify the three types of mangroves in Florida and the important roles they play in this environment. More...

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NOAA
Sundarbans Wildlife

Sundarbans Wildlife

Watch how swimming ants, reptiles, fish, monkeys, and many more animals have adapted to the unique mangrove forest ecosystems around the globe. More...

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BBC

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