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 Over thousands of years, the organic deposits grow to 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.

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Courtesy of Karen McKee/The Wetland Foundation