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Mangrove Roots Flush with Life

Mangrove roots provide support for filter-feeders like mussels, oysters, and barnacles.
Chip Clark/Smithsonian Institution

Mangrove roots provide support for filter-feeders like sponges, mussels, oysters, and barnacles. These play an important role in keeping the water clear. More about mangroves can be found in our Mangroves featured story.