Mangroves Protect Against Erosion
This is a close-up view of the peat soil surface in an intact mangrove forest. Mangrove roots help to build the peat underlying mangrove islands. Their accumulation over thousands of years has built organic deposits that are many meters thick. The peat surface is highly resistant to erosion and counterbalances sinking and inundation by rising sea levels. More about mangroves can be found in our Mangroves featured story.