Sprouted seedlings resemble spikes, scrape against flesh. Muck-laden arms reach for skeletal roots. I grapple, slip, and drag myself through waist deep mud, heaving air like a waterless fish. 350 more words
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Mangroves are salt tolerant trees and shrubs found along sheltered coastlines in shallow-water lagoons, estuaries and river deltas in 124 tropical and sub-tropical countries.
They provide a transition ecosystem between terrestrial and marine communities of plants and animals. 189 more words
Big news for the environment: Sri Lanka’s new government just took the unprecedented, historic step to protect all of its mangroves. The move, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, will provide long-term environmental, social and, last but not least, economic benefits to the Indian Ocean island nation, and provide a model for other vulnerable tropical nations to follow. 465 more words