Former Mangrove Forest

This shrimp farm in southern Belize is just one example of how mangroves worldwide are giving way to human development. In just the last decade, at least 35 percent of the world's mangroves have been destroyed. More about mangroves can be found in our Mangroves featured story.

Mangroves are being decimated by human development, like this shrimp farm in Belize.
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Ilka C. Feller/Smithsonian Institution, made possible by LightHawk